Contemplate God With St. Clare

On this feast of St. Clare (1194-1253), here are 10 quotes from the lady of Assisi to help draw closer to God.

“Love that cannot suffer is not worthy of that name.” — St. Clare of Assisi

“We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing.” — St. Clare of Assisi

“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

“O blessed poverty, who bestows eternal riches on those who love and embrace her!” — St. Clare of Assisi

“Never forget that the way which leads to heaven is narrow; that the gate leading to life is narrow and low; that there are but few who find it and enter by it; and if there be some who go in and tread the narrow path for some time, there are but very few who persevere therein.” — St. Clare of Assisi

“For, I am sure that you know that the kingdom of heaven is promised and given by the Lord only to the poor, because as long as something temporal is the object of love, the fruit of charity is lost.” — St. Clare of Assisi

“Love God, serve God; everything is in that.” — St. Clare of Assisi

“Gaze upon him, consider him, contemplate him, as you desire to imitate him.” — St. Clare of Assisi

“One cannot desire freedom from the Cross when one is especially chosen for the Cross.” — St. Clare of Assisi

“The nation doesn’t simply need what we have. It needs what we are.” — St. Clare of Assisi

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