Blessing of Saint Clare

About the Song:

Today is the anniversary of Saint Clare of Assisi’s death (August 11 1253) and we celebrate with the church in remembering her incredible life and legacy. Here are some reflections on this amazing woman and our song “Blessing of St Clare” from Like the Tide.

Clare was born into a wealthy Italian family yet she felt a deep calling to care for the poor ever since she was a child. She used to sneak scraps from family meals and distribute them to the hungry outside her door. When Clare was 18 years old she heard Francis preach at the church of St. George of Assisi which then changed the course of her entire life. I wish I could see a manuscript of that sermon!

Although she was arranged to be married, she approached Francis to help her live “after the manner of the Holy Gospel.” They became companions. She soon fled her home and joined the convent of the Benedictine nuns of San Paulo.  Her hair was cut and she exchanged her nice clothes for a plain robe and veil.

Soon after, her sister and more women joined her. Eventually Clare started her own order known as the “Poor Clares” who devoted their lives to prayer, poverty, silence, simplicity, and caring for the poor. She was the first women to have a religious rule. Today there are more than 20,000 Poor Clare sisters.

The song “Blessing of St. Clare” on Like the Tide was inspired by a blessing that she was said to have prayed on her deathbed as well as the passage from 1 John 4:18 (“there is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear”).

“Live without fear:

Your creator has made you holy,

Has always protected you,

And loves you as a mother.

Go in peace to follow the good road

And may God’s blessing be with you always.”

There are many reasons I am drawn to Clare but mostly I’m drawn to her boldness to live into her calling without fear and to be led by perfect love. I thank God for the life of Clare and the legacy that is still transforming our world.

~ Lacey Brown, of Poor Clare

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Lyrics:

Go forth in peace

Follow the good road

Go without fear

For you are loved

 

Go forth in peace

Follow the good road

Go without fear

For you are loved

 

There is no fear in love

There is no fear in love

 

Praise be to God

For having made us

With all expressions of our love

 

Praise be to God

For having made us

With all expressions of our love

 

There is no fear in love

There is no fear in love

There is no fear in love

There is no fear in love

 

All the walls are breaking in

All the walls are breaking in

All the walls are breaking in

All the walls are breaking in

(There is no fear in love)

 

There is no fear in love

There is no fear in love

There is no fear in love

There is no fear in love