St. Clare is the little plant of St. Francis, as she called herself. A blog to my call to become a Poor Clare Colettine. If St. Clare was a "little plant", I am a scraggly weed.
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Friday, December 7, 2012
The Poverello ("little poor man") - St. Francis
"It would be considered a theft on our part if we didn't give to someone in greater need than we are!" "I should be accounted a thief by the great Almsgiver were I to
withhold that which I wear from him who has greater need of it than I!"
- St. Francis of Assisi The Poverello (little poor man) always looked dishevelled. This was
because, though he had no money (refused to have it for the love of
God!) he did have the clothes on his back. Nearly every day some poor
person - so poor they didn't have clothes! - would come and beg from him
and so he would give him his clothes or, at least, tear off part of his
clothes so that the poor person might have something. He was so
generous, never turned anyone away, that everyone knew they could get at
least something from him! This kept St. Francis always in rags but
also drew him closer to poor Jesus - He who became poor for love of us,
giving us His all. Thanks be to God!