St. Clare was born on July 16. 1194 and died on August 11. 1253. She was the girl of a count and countess. She heard St. Francis preach in the streets of Assisi and told him of her desire to give herself to God. They grew to be close friends. On Palm Sunday in the twelvemonth 1212 the bishop of Assisi presented a thenar to this baronial amah of 18 who was attractively garbed. That same dark she left her palace with one familiarity and went to the church of Our Lady of the Angels. where she met Francis and his Brothers.
At the communion table of Our Lady. Francis cut off her hair and Clare gave her life to Christ. In an old house outside Assisi she began her Order of the Poor Clares. Subsequently. her sister and female parent and other baronial ladies joined her. They lived a life of supplication. silence and fasting. One twenty-four hours. enemies of the Church were approximately to assail the convent. The saint had the Blessed Sacrament placed in a demonstration above the gate of the convent and. kneeling before it. she prayed for aid. Abruptly the enemy fled. During her unwellness of 28 old ages the Holy Eucharist was her strength. She died in 1253.
She is the patronne of. oculus disease. goldworkers. wash. embroiderers. gilders. good conditions. needle workers. Santa Clara Pueblo. telephones. telegraphs. and telecasting. Pope Pius XII selected her as the frequenter saint of telecasting in 1958. on the footing that when she was excessively sick to be present at Mass. she had reportedly been able to see and hear it on the wall of her room. Her remains were entombed at the chapel of San Giorgio while a church to keep her remains was being built. On August 15. 1255. Pope Alexander IV canonized Clare as Saint Clare of Assisi.
Construction of the Basilica of Saint Clare was completed in 1260. and on October 3 of that twelvemonth Clare’s remains were moved to the late completed basilica where they were buried under the high communion table. In farther recognition of the saint. Pope Urban IV officially altered the name of the Order of Poor Ladies to the Order of Saint Clare in 1263. About 600 old ages subsequently in 1872. Saint Clare’s remains were transferred to a freshly constructed commemoration in the crypt of the Basilica of Saint Clare where they can still be seen now.