Chiara Offreduccio (St Clare) was a young Italian woman of noble birth. She gave up all her wealth and privilege and became one of the first followers of St Francis of Assisi.
She founded the Order of Poor Ladies (later renamed the Poor Clares), and wrote for them the first set of monastic guidelines known to have been written by a woman.
Clare embraced material poverty so that her heart could become a treasure house of love and joy.
On this her feast day let us have the courage to say with Clare and with St Paul in today’s reading: “all I want is to know Jesus Christ and the power of his resurrection“