Aristocrat. Runaway. Meet St. Clare of Assisi...
In this stirring narrative, famed Bret Thoman, using his deep knowledge of original sources, his familiarity with the places where she lived, and his own Franciscan spirituality - brings to life her thrilling story, like never before.
St. Clare was born into a ‘Major’ or aristocratic family. Her parents had high expectations for her - but God’s were higher. She stood up to her family when they tried to make her marry, defying them by running away in the night to make her religious vows.
Attached to poverty, she became rich as only the saints are; obedient, standing up to her family and later, princes of the Church in following the path upon which God had set her; frail and vulnerable, causing Saracen invaders to turn tail and run. . . merely by prostrating herself before the Blessed Sacrament; and though not learned in theology or canon law, she became the first woman to write a Rule for a new religious community.
St. Clare was a light from the cloister, for all time. In these pages, you will learn about her as never before, and it is sure to be a profoundly spiritual reading experience, let her light shine upon you.