Saint Clare – The Blessing (1253)

14 Always be lovers of your souls and those of all your sisters.

The Legend of Saint Clare 45 describes the last hours of the saint’s life and tells of her blessing the sisters of San Damiano as well as those of other monasteries and those who would come in the future. That is all of us in Franciscan Schools Australia! Clare calls us for a blessing…

The Order of Sain Clare has always considered this text as a precious remembrance similar to that blessing given by Saint Francis to Brother Leo while they were on La Verna.

Cf. The Lady. Clare of Assisi Early Documents (2006), New City Press. pgs 66-67


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May He show His face to you and be merciful to you. May He turn His countenance to you and give you peace.

I, Clare, a handmaid of Christ, a little plant of our holy Father Francis, a sister and mother of you and the other Poor Sisters, although unworthy, ask our Lord Jesus Christ through His mercy and through the intercession of His most holy Mother Mary, of Blessed Michael the Archangel and all the holy angels of God, and of all His men and women saints, that the heavenly Father give you and confirm for you this most holy blessing in heaven and on earth. On earth, may He increase [His] grace and virtues among His servants and handmaids of His Church Militant. In heaven, may He exalt and glorify you in His Church Triumphant among all His men and women saints.

I bless you in my life and after my death as much as I can and more than I can with all the blessings with which the Father of mercies has and will have blessed His sons and daughters in heaven and on earth. Amen.

Always be lovers of God and your souls and the souls of your Sisters, and always be eager to observe what you have promised the Lord.

May the Lord be with you always and, wherever you are, may you be with Him always. Amen.

Saint Clare: pray for us.