The Gospel Brings Joy


The Gospel Brings Joy

...The Gospel is something new,
something that brings joy,
something that can only be lived fully by a heart
that is joyful and renewed...
— Pope Francis 5/9/14 at Morning Mass in Santa Maria

Our form of life is to live according to the perfection of the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ by living in obedience, without anything of one's own, in chastity and in enclosure.

The Gospel is the basis of every moment of our daily life, with all its various demands. (Rule of St. Clare)

St. Francis, when he found the treasure of the Gospel, cried out, exulting in the spirit of God. "This I wish, this is what I seek, this is what I long to do with all my heart" and he eagerly searched for his Beloved. Following Jesus Christ, Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, Francis and Clare desired nothing else; nothing else pleased them and caused them delight. The Gospel refers them immediately to Christ, so that to take the Gospel as a rule of life, leads them to a personal attachment to Christ.

Only in silence can the Word of God find a home in us, as it did in Mary, woman of the Word and, inseparably, woman of silence.
— Verbum Domini

The Poor Clare Sister gives to God, on behalf of humanity, what is His by right - namely that He be praised, loved and adored by 
is creatures, She performs a very special function in the apostolic and missionary Church by her prayers. She cares deeply for all humanity, gathering their aspirations, their sufferings, their joys, offering them in, with and through Christ, to the Father. This service of love is centred on the Mass, the Divine Office and during her hours of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament exposed.

It was the poverty and humility of Jesus and his poor mother that inspired Francis and Clare to imitate and dedicate their lives to living the perfection of the Gospel. This same inspiration lives on today in the lives of Poor Clares.