THE CALL OF ST. CLARE by Henri Daniel-Rops


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Henri Daniel-Rops, renowned author-historian, provides in The Call of St. Clare an outstanding contribution to this season's hagiography. Important biographical details are supplied, but the book is primarily concerned with dramatizing the spirit which motivated St. Clare in the little Abbey of St. Damian to live out her life in the fullness of sacrifice and contemplation, and to found one of the great monastic orders of the Middle Ages, the Poor Clares. St. Clare's youthful friendship with St. Francis of Assisi inspired her to flee from the home of her wealthy Italian parents to embrace vows of absolute poverty. From that time on infinite charity characterized her every work, and the absolute certain knowledge that the ""love of Christ is the highest truth of the Christian faith"" sustained her. The Call of St. Clare is made particularly noteworthy by the inclusion of a series of texts from the oldest Franciscan documents dealing with St. Francis and St. Clare. The five letters from St. Clare still in existence are reprinted as is the Testament which she wrote to bequeath to her spiritual daughters. The addition of several prayers composed by St. Clare make the book an even greater asset to those interested in material for fruitful meditation and devotion.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1963
Publisher: Hawthorn