Clare’s Constant Goodness – A Liturgical Sonnet
Jesus called her to bare wood poverty,
Assisi’s high-born childhood cast aside:
sisters named in equal community,
nobles, handmaids live, and love side by side.
Jesus called her to upright integrity,
her constant goodness a daily friend,
choices crafted with brightest clarity,
look for consequences with loving end.
Core eucharistic regularity –
sharing the cup of wine and blessing bread,
bring to this moment Christ’s life charity,
God’s sacred heart among the sisters spread.
Joy of goodness, riches of poverty,
planned Eucharist: life-giving trinity.
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Ted Witham, Feast of St Clare 2018
Feast of St Clare – readings for Morning Prayer
Psalms 62, 63
Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 2:1-9
Our joy in fervent prayer and stately dances,
In full-sung hymns and full-heart confession,
in earnest emotional expression,
all diverse ways to celebrate St Francis.
Liturgical wealth but poverty deep,
In all, radical Godward dependence,
Tangled in matter we find transcendence;
The sole way integrity to keep.
More in story than godly abstraction:
The Pope gives the Order’s permission,
The lepers’ care and pairs for mission,
In mutual prize and always loving action.
Thank God for blessings and seeing all in joy,
Our gifting for love we hurry to employ.
Speaking to the World Meeting of Popular Movements, a Vatican-sponsored group n October 28′, the pope said social justice also requires peace and environmental protection, both of which the global economic system inevitably threatens. “There are economic systems that must make war in order to survive,” he said. “An economic system centered on the god of money also needs to plunder nature, plunder nature, in order to maintain the frenetic pace of consumption inherent in it.”
– source Catholic News Service
I have posted about Amnesty International on the Dunsborough Anglican Church’s web-site.
Buy NOTHING this Chrismas
Give no gifts this Christmas.
Explain to your family that you are using your economic power to help the poorest by giving no gifts. Often, the gifts we give are useless or unwanted.
Instead, make gifts or cards which are much more personal.
Join the Advent conspiracy
Give Christmas gifts directly to the poor by buying presents through Oxfam Unwrapped, Christian Blind Mission Gifts of Life or the Tear Fund.
GIVE to the needy
IN AUSTRALIA, some examples:
The Mutunga Partnership
Christian Blind Mission
More reflective reading of Scripture
Different symbols (candles, ikons, etc.)