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Saint Clare of Assisi - "Blessed be You, O God, for having created me"
Saint Clare of Assisi - "Blessed be You, O God, for having created me"
Saint Clare of Assisi - "Blessed be You, O God, for having created me"
 


Saint Clare adoring the Most Holy Blessed Sacrament

Writings of Saint Clare: excerpt from the Third Letter to Blessed Agnes of Prague

Place your mind in the mirror of eternity;
place your soul in the splendor of glory;
place your heart in the figure of the Divine Substance;
and through contemplation,
transform your entire being into
the image of the Divine One Himself,
so that you, yourself, may also experience
what His friends experience when they taste
the hidden sweetness that God alone has kept from
the beginning for those who love Him.

 
 
 


Saint Clare adoring the Most Holy Blessed Sacrament
 
 

 
 
 
 
And completely ignoring all those who in this deceitful and turbulent world ensnare their blind lovers, you might totally love Him who gave Himself totally out of love for you, whose beauty the sun and moon admire, and whose rewards, in both their preciousness and magnitude, are without end.

I am speaking about the Son of the Most High, to whom the Virgin gave birth and, after whose birth, she remained a virgin.

May you cling to His most sweet Mother, who gave birth to the kind of Son whom the Heavens could not contain, and yet, she carried Him in the tiny enclosure of her sacred womb, and held Him on her young girl’s lap.

Who would not abhor the treachery of the enemy of humanity who, by means of the pride that results from fleeting and false glories, compels that which is greater than Heaven to return to nothingness?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Saint Clare holding Monstrance to ward off the attack of the Saracens by Isidoro Arradondo, 1693; Museo del Prado, Santa Clara, Madrid, Spain; commons.wikimedia.org


 
 
Writings of Saint Clare: excerpt from the Third Letter to Blessed Agnes of Prague

Place your mind in the mirror of eternity;
place your soul in the splendor of glory;
place your heart in the figure of the Divine Substance;
and through contemplation,
transform your entire being into
the image of the Divine One Himself,
so that you, yourself, may also experience
what His friends experience when they taste
the hidden sweetness that God alone has kept from
the beginning for those who love Him.

 
 
 
 
 


 
Saint Clare receives the Infant Jesus from the Holy Virgin Mary; Basilica Saint Clare of Assisi, Italy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
See, it is already clear that the soul of a faithful person, the most worthy of God’s creations through the grace of God, is greater than Heaven, since the heavens and the rest of creation together cannot contain their Creator and only the soul of a faithful person is His dwelling place and throne and this is possible only through the Charity that the wicked lack.

For the Truth says: The one who loves Me, will be loved by my Father, and I shall love him and We shall come to him and make Our dwelling place with him.

So, just as the glorious Virgin of virgins carried him physically, so, you too, following in her footsteps, especially those of humility and poverty can, without any doubt, always carry Him spiritually in your chaste and virginal body, containing Him by whom both you and all things are contained, and possessing that which, even when compared with the other transitory possessions of this world, you will possess more securely.

Regarding this, some kings and queens of this world are deceived; even though in their pride they have climbed all the way up to the sky, and their heads have touched the clouds, in the end they are destroyed like a pile of dung.

 


Saint Clare receives the Infant Jesus from the Holy Virgin Mary; Basilica Saint Clare of Assisi, Italy

And completely ignoring all those who in this deceitful and turbulent world ensnare their blind lovers, you might totally love Him who gave Himself totally out of love for you, whose beauty the sun and moon admire, and whose rewards, in both their preciousness and magnitude, are without end.

I am speaking about the Son of the Most High, to whom the Virgin gave birth and, after whose birth, she remained a virgin.

May you cling to His most sweet Mother, who gave birth to the kind of Son whom the Heavens could not contain, and yet, she carried Him in the tiny enclosure of her sacred womb, and held Him on her young girl’s lap.

Who would not abhor the treachery of the enemy of humanity who, by means of the pride that results from fleeting and false glories, compels that which is greater than Heaven to return to nothingness?
 


Saint Clare holding Monstrance to ward off the attack of the Saracens by Isidoro Arradondo, 1693; Museo del Prado, Santa Clara, Madrid, Spain; commons.wikimedia.org

See, it is already clear that the soul of a faithful person, the most worthy of God’s creations through the grace of God, is greater than Heaven, since the heavens and the rest of creation together cannot contain their Creator and only the soul of a faithful person is His dwelling place and throne and this is possible only through the Charity that the wicked lack.

For the Truth says: The one who loves Me, will be loved by my Father, and I shall love him and We shall come to him and make Our dwelling place with him.

So, just as the glorious Virgin of virgins carried him physically, so, you too, following in her footsteps, especially those of humility and poverty can, without any doubt, always carry Him spiritually in your chaste and virginal body, containing Him by whom both you and all things are contained, and possessing that which, even when compared with the other transitory possessions of this world, you will possess more securely.

Regarding this, some kings and queens of this world are deceived; even though in their pride they have climbed all the way up to the sky, and their heads have touched the clouds, in the end they are destroyed like a pile of dung.
 
 
 
"I need to be absolved from my sins, but not from the obligation of following Christ."
"I need to be absolved from my sins, but not from the obligation of following Christ."
"I need to be absolved from my sins, but not from the obligation of following Christ."
 
Saint Clare’s response to Pope Gregory IX dispensation from the vow of strict poverty, 1228
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saint Clare of Assisi expressed to Saint Francis the desire to consecrate herself to God. Together with him, she became the foundress of the Franciscan Nuns of the Second Order: the "Poor Clares". Having governed her convent for forty-two years, before breathing her last breath in 1253, Clare said "Blessed be You, O God for having created me."
 
 
 
 
 
August 11/12 - Saint Clare of Assisi (b. 1194 - d. 1253) - "Blessed be You, O God for having created me" - Patron saint of eye disease, goldsmiths, laundry, television, embroiderers, good weather  
 
 
 

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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May then rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
CERRAR
CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.