St. Clare: a Sonnet

Santa Chiara, lovely claritas

Santa Chiara, lovely claritas

August the 11th is the day the church remembers with thanksgiving the life and witness of St. Clare.  She was the friend and companion of Francis, and founder of the Poor Clares. Her love for Christ, her share in the vision of St. Francis and her extraordinary gifts a soul-guide, friend, and leader made her a shining light and a clear mirror of Christ for thousands in her lifetime and still a light and inspiration to Christians from many denominations today.

Clare wrote:

Place your mind before the mirror of eternity!
Place your soul in the brilliance of glory!
Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance!
And transform your entire being into the image
of the Godhead Itself through contemplation.
So that you too may feel what His friends feel
as they taste the hidden sweetness
that God Himself has reserved from the beginning
for those who love Him”

So here is my sonnet in her honour reflecting on how the meaning of her name, ‘light and clarity’, was also the meaning of her life. This sonnet is taken from  The Singing Bowl my most recent volume of poems, which is published by Canterbury Press and available through Amazon etc.


Clare

Santa Chiara, lovely claritas

Whose soul in stillness holds love’s pure reflection,

Shining through you as Holy Caritas,

Lucid and lucent, bringing to perfection

The girl whom Love has called to call us all

Back into truth, simplicity and grace.

Your love for Francis, radiant through the veil,

Reveals in both of you your saviour’s face.

Christ holds the mirror of your given life

Up to the world he gives himself to save,

A sacrament to keep your city safe,

A window into his eternal love.

Unveiled in heaven, dancing in the light,

Pray for this pilgrim soul in his dark night.

 

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9 responses to “St. Clare: a Sonnet

  1. Pingback: A rich week… Friday: St. Clare » The Fellowship of St. Barnabas

  2. Malcom… I think Edith Stein (Benedikta con Kreuz)! Patroness of Europe needs a Sonnet. A good sant for our times. Just a suggestion!
    (Today is her feast day)
    Fr Vincent osb

  3. Reblogged this on Pastor Michael Moore's Blog and commented:
    Amen… ❤️❤️

  4. Karen Simon

    Beautiful sonnet for a woman who lived life for the Lord on her own terms.

  5. I particularly like the line in your sonnet, ‘a window into his eternal love’. It reminds me of a description of a saints as someone in whom the light shines through. I have linked to your post on my blog today. Thank you.

  6. OwnShadow

    Lucid, fluent and profound. A fine sonnet.

    • malcolmguite

      Thank you

      • Jean Dabinett

        I have been puzzled by “meaningfulness” Without the light/clarity of the holy Trinity I cannot see straight.. Outside of the light of Christ all meditation is skewed because I am skewed. “In his light we shall see light”

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