"May almighty God bless you. May God look upon you with mercy and give you peace..."-Blessing of St. Clare

A message from our Abbess…

October 2019

Dear Friends

Look about you and see the miracles of life everywhere and praise God.

In October, we celebrate the feast day of St. Francis and thank God for the gifts our brother gave to our world. Francis was born in 1181 and he lived in a time of transition. Though it was a very different time from our own day, we can always find some direction in observing his life and listening to his teaching. What should we do about the challenges of our Church, civil unrest, families that face many struggles, the poor and the marginalized, caring for the earth?

His message was simple. God is good and God's creation reflects God's goodness. The human family is called to be brother and sister to one another and to all living creatures. He had eyes to see the beauty all around him. We can be encouraged in knowing it wasn't in doing great things St. Francis accomplished his mission, but through his faithfulness to prayer he discerned how to meet each encounter with peace, and then he responded.

We thank you for this gift which enables us to continue our Franciscan way of life. As we celebrate St. Francis of Assisi during this month, we know it is because of generous benefactors like you that our Franciscan Family has been able to live his ideals for over 800 years. We are grateful!

With love and prayer,

Sr. Carolyn Forgette, osc and all your Poor Clare Sisters

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