Feast of Saint Clare

Meditating on the lives of the saints is a way to get a better vision of what it looks like to live out the way of Christ.  Today, as we celebrate the Feast of Saint Clare, we have a particularly rich life upon which to meditate.  Clare was a close friend and collaborator with St. Francis, and founded her own religious order with its own rule, the first such rule known to have been written by a woman. Read this hagiography of St. Clare and meditate on what her life might teach you in the living of your own: http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/CLARA.HTM

As an additional practice, try for one day to imitate Clare’s dedication to silence.  Speak only when spoken to and try as much as possible to keep from talking.

About Ragan Sutterfield

Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.


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