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her Rule Saint Clare emphasises poverty, but always it is poverty
for the love of God
"Who was placed poor in the crib,
lived poor in the world, and remained naked on the cross"
of Saint Clare). She emphasised this in very practical ways.
"Always wear inexpensive garments out
of love of the most holy and beloved Child, who was wrapped in
such poor little swaddling clothes and laid in a manger"
(Rule of Saint Clare II).
Poor Clare communities are made up of women of widely differing
ages, characters and backgrounds, brought together for love of
God. In her Rule Saint Clare emphasises the importance of fraternal
love, "if a mother loves and nurtures
her child according to the flesh, how much the more ought a sister
to love and nourish her sister according to the Spirit" (Rule VIII). She provided for consultation with the whole Community
in important matters, "for the Lord
frequently reveals what is best to the least among us" (Rule IV), and for the care of the sick, "Everyone
is bound to serve and provide for their sisters who are ill just
as they would wish to be served themselves if they were suffering
from any illness." (Rule VIII).
Today we continue trying to live out the vision of Saint Clare
and Saint Francis by living a life of poverty, in community, for
love of God.