A Corpus Christi Procession … to Remember – May 29, 2016

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Card-_64-_st_Clare_frontIn the biography of St. Clare of Assisi (The History of Saint Clare, Virgin) it tells of various miracles performed by Saint Clare.  There are episodes of multiplications of loaves and of bottles of oil that appeared in the convent when there was none. But Clare performed the most famous of the miracles in 1240 on a Friday in September, in which she turned away an attack by Saracen soldiers (Muslim Arabs) who had broken into the convent cloister by showing them the Sacred Host as she held the Monstrance in front of her.  (You may understand why Channel 17 is dedicated to her … the call letters being KLER 17.)

Here is the account written by Tommaso da Celano:

“By imperial order, regiments of Saracen soldiers and bowmen were stationed there (the convent of San Damiano in Assisi, Italy), massed like bees, ready to devastate the encampments and seize the cities. Once, during an enemy attack against Assisi, a city beloved of the Lord, and while the army was approaching the gates, the fierce Saracens invaded San Damiano, entered the confines of the monastery and even the very cloister of the virgins. The women swooned in terror, their voices trembling with fear as they cried to their Mother, Saint Clare.

Saint Clare, with a fearless heart, commanded them to lead her (sick as she was), to the enemy, preceded by a silver and ivory case in which the Body of the Saint of saints was kept with great devotion. And prostrating herself before the Lord, she spoke tearfully to her Christ:  ‘Behold, my Lord, is it possible You want to deliver into the hands of pagans Your defenseless handmaids, whom I have taught out of love for You?  I pray You, Lord, protect these Your handmaids whom I cannot now save by myself.’ Suddenly a voice like that of a child resounded in her ears from the tabernacle: ‘I will always protect you!’ ‘My Lord,’ she added, ‘if it is Your wish, protect also this city which is sustained by Your love.’ Christ replied, ‘It will have to undergo trials*, but it will be defended by My protection.’ Then the virgin, raising a face bathed in tears, comforted the sisters: ‘I assure you, daughters, that you will suffer no evil; only have faith in Christ.’

Upon seeing the courage of the sisters, the Saracens took flight and fled back over the walls they had scaled, unnerved by the strength of she who prayed. And Clare immediately admonished those who heard the voice I spoke of above, telling them severely: ‘Take care not to tell anyone about that voice while I am still alive, dearest daughters.’”

I adore You,

I bless and I love You,

and I repeat with all the hearts

who are devoted to the Blessed Sacrament:

O Sacrament most holy!

O Sacrament divine!

All praise and all thanksgiving

be every moment Yours.

*By the way, a great movie to watch and highly recommended (which my confirmation class watched this year) – “The Assisi Underground” with Ben Cross and James Mason

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