Aug. 11, 2017 (Memorial of Claire of Assisi)

St. Clare died on this date in 1253 at the age of 61 and was canonized two years later. She was from an aristocratic family, met St. Francis of Assisi, and sought a life of abject poverty. Francis helped her and eventually had her made superior of an order that has come down to us as the Poor Clares, an order of cloistered Franciscan nuns. No one followed the example of poverty of St. Francis more than Clare. She wanted to live a life of absolute poverty, ” the privilege to not have privileges.”

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