Clare, the cornerstone and noble foundation of her order, sought from the very first to raise the edifice of all virtues upon the basis of holy humility. She promised holy obedience to the blessed Francis, and she never turned back from this promise. During the three years that followed her conversion, Clare
declined the name and office of abbess, humbly wishing to be subject rather than to be set over others, and to serve most willingly among the daughters of Christ rather than to be served.
—Edited by Keith Beasley-Topliffe, Upper Room Spiritual Classics: Writings of Francis & Clare (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
—Luke 22:27 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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