Clare of Assisi
Saint Clare of Assisi (16 July 1194 – 11 August 1253, born Chiara Offreduccio, is an Italian saint and one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. She founded the Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition, and wrote their Rule of Life, the first set of monastic guidelines known to have been written by a woman. Following her death, the order she founded was renamed in her honor as the Order of Saint Clare, commonly referred to today as the Poor Clares.
“What you hold, may you always hold.
What you do, may you always do and never abandon.
But with swift pace, light step,
and unswerving feet,
So that even your steps stir up no dust,
Securely, joyfully, and swiftly,
On the path of prudent happiness,
Agreeing with nothing
Which would dissuade you from this resolution
Or which would place a stumbling block for you on the way,
So that you may offer your vows to the Most High
In the pursuit of that perfection
To which the Spirit of the Lord has called you.”
-Sister Clare of Assisi