The Church should be a place where beauty is at home.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
How lovely it is that we put forth all our energy to surround our most precious treasure, the Holy Eucharist, with every form of beauty. The Sacred Host is pure white, set like the Pearl of Great Price that it is, into a housing of brilliant gold and glittering jewels. Slender candles and graceful flowers surround the altar clothed with our best cloth, while music and incense sweeten the air.
This year, the feast of the Body and Blood of the Lord also fell on June 22nd, when Poor Clares commemorate the Eucharistic miracle that took place in the life of our Mother St. Clare. The story is that when enemy soldiers were scaling the walls of her monastery, St. Clare brought the Blessed Sacrament to the open door, then prostrating herself before the Lord, she prayed to Him for the safety of her Sisters. She heard a voice from the Sacred Host which said, “I will always take care of you”. She also prayed for the city of
Assisi which was being
besieged, and Jesus assured her that it too would be spared. Immediately, the soldiers took flight and
left the Sisters and the city without doing any harm. Because of this dramatic event in her life,
St. Clare is often portrayed holding the monstrance. This statue is in one of our first floor
halls. Since Postulant Mary has charge
of cleaning this hall, she also honors our Mother St. Clare with flowers.
It was fitting that this auspicious day should be the first of Mary’s investiture retreat. She is preparing now to take the next step on her vocation journey to be an intercessor and an adorer before the Eucharistic Lord as a Poor Clare Nun.
On Saturday, the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Postulant Mary will wear her mother’s wedding dress to our morning Mass, then exchange it for the brown habit of our Order. Visit us again next week to find out her new name!