Franciscan Saints




10th February

Blessed Clare of Rimini (Béni Claire De Rimini)

her feast is not observed by any of the Franciscan Orders.

Feast Day - January 9; February 10th in Rimini

Before I begin, there are many records of the life of Clare of Rimini giving conflicting information about her life and vocation. One such tells us that the reason for her conversion was the execution of her father and brother for civil disturbances. (Web of ‘Saints.SQPN.’com -notes about your extended family in heaven)

 

Blessed Clare of Rimini, also known as Chiara Agolanti was born at Rimini in Italy in the year 1282, Clare lost her mother when she was only seven years old, and her father, busy with making a living for them could not devote enough time and attention to her upbringing, Clare was a lively girl and grew up into a frivolous young woman. Habig tells us that this was not a ‘Christian manner”.

As a young woman, Clare was almost completely worldly, living a nominally Christian life, her beauty and her lively temperament made her easily prey to the dissipation of the world. Clare married a man of the world.

Then One day during Mass in a church of the Franciscan Friars, she seemed to hear a mysterious voice bidding her to say an Our Father and a Hail Mary at least once with fervour and attention. Clare obeyed the command, not knowing from where it came, and then began to reflect upon her life, in the course of the prayers her soul saw clearly the very sad state in which she was living. Clare became alarmed as she considered her life up until then; she was shaken at the thought of the account God could require of her at any moment. Penitently she turned to the God of all mercies with the firm resolve earnestly to change her life.

Asking her husband’s permission to do so, Clare decided to enter the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, resolving to atone for her sins by a life of penance. She soon became a model of virtue, skilled in the art of reconciliation but remembered more especially for her charity towards the poor and the sick. When the Poor Clares were compelled to leave Regno on account of the prevailing wars, it was mainly through Clare’s efforts that they were able to obtain a convent and means of sustenance at Rimini.

Later, Clare herself, along with several other pious women entered the order of Poor Clares, and became Mother Superior of the convent of Our Lady of the Angels at Rimini. She worked numerous miracles and towards the close of her life was favored in an extraordinary manner with the gift of contemplation.

Habig says ” Almighty God blessed her efforts with great success; in fact, He granted her the heavenly gifts of prophecy and miracles. It was once observed that while walking from town to the church that her feet never actually made contact with the ground, and that she was in fact levitating as she travelled with her companions.”

Clare died on 10th February 1346 and was beatified by Pope Pius VI in 1782 who approved the cult of blessed Clare, permitting her feast to be celebrated in the city and Diocese of Rimini on February 10th. Her body now reposes in the cathedral of Rimini. Though a saint of the Catholic Church her feast is not observed by any of the Franciscan orders

 

Prayer of the church

(Fourth Sunday After Easter)

 O God, Who makest the minds of the faithful to be of one will,

grant us, Thy people, to love what Thou commandest and to

desire what Thou doest promise, that amid the changing things of

this world our hearts may be set where true joy is found.

Through Christ Our Lord Who liveth and reigneth with

Thee and the Holy Spirit,  One God, now and forever.

 Amen

 

Quotations from

1. Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois

2.Other information adapted from information in the public domain at Wikipedia, incorporating text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Blessed Clare of Rimini". Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company.

 

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