Looking at the violence this past week in Nigeria and Ukraine, I had to ask myself what would Saints Francis and Clare do? They were no strangers to the blight of war as their city of Assisi was in an ever constant state of conflict with neighboring Perugia.
Francis would stand in the breech, like these priests and brothers in Kiev, and remind us all that the enemy is within each of us and that Jesus Our Savior has come as the Prince of Peace to take away the sword from our hearts.
And Clare would raise up the Blessed Sacrament and put the enemy to flight.
A Prayer for St. Clare’s Intercession:
God of Mercy, You inspired Saint Clare with the love of poverty.
By the help of her prayers, may we follow Christ in poverty of spirit and
come to the joyful vision of your glory in the kingdom of heaven.
We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.