St. Francis of Assisi was the prime example of transience. In a day, much like ours, where people clung to a growing economy of wealth and trade, he clung to poverty -- and through poverty to an economy of salvation in Christ. He stressed amongst his frati minori the need to remain detached, to pray and to walk. The Hebrew verb 'to pray' is also the word 'to walk'.
In like fashion, the Poor Clares have embraced the transient "vocation" of the Franciscan life.
Many have left Our Lady of the Angel's Monastery in Hanceville to populate existing missions and establish new monasteries across North America and Europe. Others have come to stregthen and share in our community of love.
"Place your mind before the mirror of eternity! Place your soul in the brilliance of glory! And transform your entire being into the image of the Godhead Itself through contemplation."
-St. Clare of Assisi
The word 'Clare' has it's root in in the ideal of a transparent life, and a transience in this world recognizing that we are mere sojourners on a journey towards Divine Intimacy. Christ is yesterday, today, and forever.
As Pope Benedict XVI states in his book, "A New Song For the Lord", there is a danger in confining Christ to only what he was. If we search only for the historical Jesus we lock Christ into the past.
And so it can be with us. We continue to walk gazing upon the Face of Our Eucharistic Lord and mindful of all that has come before.
Thank you for your prayers for our community and for Mother Angelica.
In this, St Francis can be our model and our guide, as one of the original pioneers of extra-Eucharistic devotion. Just as in the thirteenth century his example helped to renew the life of the Church, confronted by many crises, so in our own day the Church, hedged about with conflict and compromise, and with declining vocations, is seeing a revival of devotion to the Blessed Sacrament as perhaps the first sign of renewal.
A Eucharistic Vision and the Spirituality
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The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration were founded in Paris on December 8th, 1854 and then moved to Troyes where our seed monastery still exists. Discover more about our history | http://olamnuns.com/the-nuns/our-history/origins-of-our-order.html