Saturday, August 11, 2012
Santa Clara de Asís
14 hundred and ninety two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and one of those ships that was on the voyage (La Niña) was named Santa Clara, after a monastery of Poor Clare nuns.
Saint Clare was of nobility but gave up that life to serve God, inspired by the preaching and example of fellow Assisian and eventual saint Francesco Bernadone. In fact Clare and Francis became close friends. She established the Order of Poor Clares, who went wherever St. Francis's Friars Minors went.
It is said she turned away an attack of Saracens by holding the Blessed Sacrament in a vessel and praying.
Sancta Clara, ora pro nobis