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