Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Sweet Simplicity of Clare of Assisi
When I read about saints of the Church, I often feel so inadequate. Clare of Assisi, for example. She took a vow of poverty, and lived a life of simplicity. The others in her community followed her into the privilege of poverty, too.
As I read about Clare, I wonder, why is it so very difficult for me to part with my stuff? I know my husband and I live in a small apartment. Sure, it’s crowded here, but we don’t have a huge house, with lots of furniture, electronic toys and an extra vacation cottage, boat, or snowmobile…
I ask again: WHY is it so SO very difficult for me to give up some of my stuff?
As Clare wrote to the Blessed Agnes:
“O God-centered poverty,/whom the Lord Jesus Christ
Who ruled and now rules heaven and earth,
Who spoke and things were made,/condescended to embrace before all else!” 
Clare considered it a privilege to live the simple life, and strove to be poor. She considered that way of life “to be strengthened in His holy service, and to progress from good to better, from virtue to virtue.”  Good grief, such sentiments seem to be far beyond anyone’s reach. (I guess that might be why she was considered a saint…)
From virtue to virtue. Dear Lord, what a thing to strive for. Help me—help all of us—to simplify our lives and to lighten our loads that we carry through this life. Thank You for Clare of Assisi’s example in dealing with these great issues of life. In Your Son’s blessed name we pray, amen.
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 Spiritual Classics, edited by Richard J. Foster and Emilie Griffin. (San Francisco, California: HarperSanFrancisco, 2000), 135.
 Ibid, 136.