Tuesday, August 17, 2010

St. Clare of Montefalco (1268 to Aug. 18, 1308)

“The human heart feels things the eyes cannot see, and knows what the mind cannot understand.” (Robert Valett)

So many times I've heard to "look for messages in your dreams."
We've all had vivid ones that seemed so real and yet have awoken to find it literally was just a dream.
The legendary dream of St. Clare of Montefalco, Italy, who was born in 1268, involves a vision of Jesus travelling as a beggar and carrying the Cross. When St. Clare asked where he was going, he told her he had searched the world over to find a strong person to leave his Cross with and he had found that person in her.
From that moment on, the Augustine nun felt pain, sickness, and suffering within her heart. It continued until the day she died on Aug. 18, 1308.
Then, St. Clare of Montefalco's heart was removed from her body and within it was found a small crucifix and a scourge, symbols of the Passion.
She was canonized in 1881 and her feast day is today, Aug. 17.

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