As a tribute to St. Clare’s feast day, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity share the song: BRIGHT AS THE STAR (St. Clare of Assisi) Lyrics and Music by Gene Pastidio, OFM Arranged and Sung by Fr. Gene Pastidio, OFM Recorded by Tao Studio.
Fr. Gene is celebrating the feast with St. Clare in heaven this year. He died January 28, 2020. A gifted musician and joyful Franciscan friar, he inspired his brothers and countless others to praise God. A person well thought of as a great model of Franciscan life, he is remembered as a good formator by both friars and Franciscan Sisters for several years. He was a member of the San Pedro Bautista Order of Friars Minor Province, Philippines.
Who was Saint Clare?
Secular Franciscans share these Words of Pope Emeritus BenedictXVI at a General Audience on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 on their website. It is a great summary of this courageous woman’s life.
One of the best loved Saints is without a doubt St Clare of Assisi who lived in the 13th century and was a contemporary of St Francis. Her testimony shows us how indebted the Church is to courageous women, full of faith like her, who can give a crucial impetus to the Church’s renewal.
So who was Clare of Assisi? To answer this question we possess reliable sources: not only the ancient biographies, such as that of Tommaso da Celano, but also the Proceedings of the cause of her canonization that the Pope promoted only a few month after Clare’s death and that contain the depositions of those who had lived a long time with her. Click here to read more.
Prayer of Saint Clare
Pray and watch at all times! Carry out steadfastly the work you have begun and fulfill the ministry you have undertaken in true humility and holy poverty. Fear not, daughter! Let us pray to God together for each other for, by sharing each other’s burden of charity in this way, we shall easily fulfill the law of Christ.