A Good Catholic Girl

Today is the Feast of St. Clare of Assisi.

Before she met Francis, Clare was already a good Catholic girl. She went to church, did good works, and avoided sin. Yet, when she encountered Francis, she was introduced to something radically different from just being good. She suddenly realized that God was interested in our “just being good.” God desired far more than that; God wanted us to be so fully united with him that we became reflections of the divine.

Francis inspired Clare to dedicate herself to live in full accordance to the highest demands of the gospel. She put the whole gospel in her whole life. She lived for nothing but God. Her mind and heart were constantly centered on God. She entered fully in the most rigorous demands of evangelical poverty. She gave herself in charity to all. Prayer became her very breath. She lived love, and radiated sanctity. Clare’s undying fidelity to the Lord inspired everyone who knew her. Pope Alexander IV called Clare a “lofty candlestick of holiness.”

The light from that candlestick shimmers with one unequivocal message: God wants our all. God wants our trust, our humility, our openness, our hearts…God wants our entire being, so God’s perfect love can be born again into the world.

How do I respond to that message? I must begin by renewing my commitment to God every day. I stumbled a bit yesterday. I must try harder today to deepen my relationship with God. To accomplish that, St. Clare calls me to ascend the ladder of contemplation.

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