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Peacemaker The National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia

Spring 2019

“I am with you always” We are all Peacemakers Augustinian since 1907

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CONTENTS

Peacemaker Spring 2019

Publication of the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia Shrine Director & Editor Chesley Turner

Associate Editor Yuliana Saputro

Photography Director Fr. Dan McLaughlin, O.S.A.

Design accent communications, inc.

Printer Gerald O’Neill

Shrine Board Members

Chesley Turner Shrine Director Fr. Michael Di Gregorio, O.S.A. Provincial

Jay Agnes

Dina DellaDucata

Ron Donatucci

Dominic Liberi

Angela Palmieri

Justin Serianni

Lisa Sweeney

Contact us: National Shrine of Saint Rita 1166 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19146 215.546.8333

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Make Peace. Find Peace.

Features

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We Celebrate Saint Rita

Solemn Novena and Feast Day schedule for May 2019

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Cascia Center Ministries

Helping people make peace so they may find peace

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Letter from the Director Father’s Day Novena Never Alone: Reflections from Fr. Narog The Language of Love: Mother Teresa Fr. Bill Atkinson Guild Heart on Fire Testimonial Challenges Become Opportunities Ignite the Fire: Annual Memorial Candles Gift Shop Treasures Do Not Be Afraid God’s Promise in the Bible Saint Clare of Montefalco

On the Cover

Saint Rita Feast Day in the Upper Shrine

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I command you: Be strong and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go.

Letter from the Director

–Joshua 1:9

“I am with you, always.”

It’s a promise we know the truth of in our very heart of hearts. No matter where we are on the path of life — whether rejoicing or struggling, acting with purpose or wandering directionless, on fire with faith or confused and uncertain — God is with us. We find this promise in scripture. It’s in the Pentateuch, in the adventures of the judges and prophets and kings. It’s in the Psalms of David. It’s in Paul’s reassuring letters. It comes from the mouth of the resurrected Christ in His final words in the book of Matthew. We find the fulfillment of this promise in the lives of our Saints, as well: In the battlefield conviction of Joan of Arc and Louis IX, in the confident forswearing of worldly goods by Francis of Assisi and Katherine Drexel, in the miraculous roses of Théresè and Rita. Whether by sign or by circumstance, by inspiration or revelation, we honor the Saints as those men and women who were so filled with God’s grace, their lives became a testament to His presence. And often, we are the fulfillment of this promise. In relationship, in community, we become a sign of God’s presence to others. Whether that is through service, through friendship, through giving or living out our callings, each of us has the opportunity to be a sign of God’s presence in the world.

Artist: Charles Amable Lenoir Title: Joan of Arc

Our magnificent Upper Shrine is painted pink. It calls to mind the rose that God sent to Saint Rita as an answer to her prayers. Our pink church is a reminder that God listens to our prayers and answers them – even if he doesn’t send a rose every time. And if you think about it, our deepest prayers are for meaning, and purpose, and community. And those prayers are answered every time we gather for Mass.

Chesley Turner Shrine Director

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Father’s Day Novena

June 16 – 24 Request Father’s Day Novena Cards at 215.546.8333

Artist: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo Title: The Holy Family with a Bird

Saint Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your

life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect all the fathers who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes. They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness. But amid the worries of material life, your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God's Son entrusted to you and with Mary, His tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over Him faithfully as you have done. Amen.

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We Celebrate

Saint Rita! The Saint Rita Novena is a powerful prayer. Throughout nine days of praying the same form, we ask for Saint Rita’s powerful intercession.

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ecause of her life of persevering faith and conquering love, Saint Rita is beloved as a friend who walks with us in our trials and intercedes on our behalf. The Saint Rita Novena can be recited at any time of year and is known by Catholics around the world. In the days leading up to her Feast Day, we pray this Solemn Novena.

If you can’t visit us at the Shrine, pray the Novena each day from May 13 to 21! You can find the Novena to Saint Rita on our website at SaintRitaShrine.org/novena or call us to order a small Novena pamphlet. Saint Rita’s Feast Day is on May 22. In the Catholic tradition, we usually celebrate Feast Days on the day the saint died because that’s the day they went home to heaven to be with the Almighty! We have Masses and Confession all day long at the Shrine.

This Feast Day: Forgive!

Whether you can join us in Philadelphia on May 22 or not, celebrate Saint Rita’s Feast this year by following in her footsteps. She can help you to forgive and make peace with someone. Even if you can’t tell them in person, granting true and sincere forgiveness in your heart is a beautiful way to recognize our wonderful patroness. Visit SaintRitaShrine.org for full Solemn Novena and Feast Day schedule and details.

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SOLEMN NOVENA

Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17

Masses: 8 am, 12 noon & 5:30 pm Confession: 11 am – 12 noon & 4 pm – 5 pm

Guided Shrine tours are available

Saturday, May 18

Masses: 8 am, 12 noon & 5 pm Confession: 11 am – 12 noon & 4 pm – 5 pm

Sunday, May 19

Masses: 10 am & 12 noon (Healing Mass)

Monday, May 20 through Tuesday, May 21

Masses: 8 am, 12 noon & 5:30 pm Confession: 11 am – 12 noon & 4 pm – 5 pm

SOLEMN FEAST DAY The procession of Saint Rita

Wednesday, May 22

Masses: 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon, 3 pm, 5:30 pm & 7:30 pm Confession: 9 am, 11 am, 2:30 pm, 5 pm & 7 pm Concert: 6:45 pm • Upper Shrine

Join Us!

Free parking next to the Shrine. Blessing of roses and veneration of Saint Rita’s relics at all Masses. Roses will be available for purchase before each Mass in front of the Shrine building. Concert by the Collegiate Choir of Philadelphia, directed by Michael Sheerin, Music Director

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by Fr. Joe Narog, O.S.A.

hen reflecting on Jesus’ promise in the Gospel of Matthew – “I am with you always,” (Mt 28:20b) I can’t help but recall the many moments this proved to be true in my vocational discernment and initial formation as an Augustinian. As a “later vocation”, entering formation at the age of thirty-nine and a half, it would be an understatement to say that I encountered a good deal of transition in my life. While I was signing my letter of resignation from a fifteen-year career in the United States intelligence community, I felt like I was having an out-of-body experience. And learning to sacrifice some of my independence wasn’t always so easy. During my first year of initial formation, in fact, I often would find myself questioning Jesus as to if this was where he really wanted me to be. The answer, I sensed, remained the same – he was calling me to discern more deeply with the Augustinians. And so I did.

Fr. Joe Narog, O.S.A. Vocations Director for the Augustinian Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova

It is through my Augustinian brothers and sisters that I most vividly came to recognize that Jesus is indeed with me – and all of us – always. After returning from my novitiate year, taking simple vows, and starting another year of studies, I was faced with one of the biggest tests of my life. First my mother and then my father died about ten and a half months apart. It’s a journey I’ll never forget; I’m ever grateful that I was allowed to be with them in their illnesses and their deaths.

In what seemed, at times, to be a very lonely experience, I was reminded that I never was truly alone. On the day my mom died, my former Novice Director and two of my Augustinian classmates showed up at my parents’ home. They nor my family had any idea that their visit would coincide with her passing. Yet, there we were, celebrating Mass at my mother’s bedside and reassuring her – and ourselves – of Jesus’ powerful words – “I am with you always.”

Just about six months later, my dad had surgery from which he never recovered, remaining in the hospital for 130 days. During that period, we were visited by no fewer than eight Augustinians – all of whom offered to anoint my father. He’d wink at me, not wanting to disappoint any of them. Each time my dad was anointed, both he and I again experienced the promise – “I am with you always.” Even on the most stressful or sad days of caring for my parents, I still would find something for which to thank God. This struck me as quite significant and was cultivated only through much prayer – including turning to my friends, St. Rita and St. Jude – and the times I shared with my Augustinian family. It spurred me to continue to solemn vows and ordination. It’s what inspires me as I now work with men in their vocational discernment and initial formation. No matter what life holds for them, I humbly hope that, in some way, I and my experiences can serve as a reminder of Jesus’ unending promise – “I am with you always.” 6


“I am with you, always.” Men of Heart

IS SOMEONE YOU KNOW DISCERNING THE PRIESTHOOD?

The Augustinians are religious priests and brothers following in the footsteps of Christ and Saint Augustine since 1244. We are “Active Contemplatives.” We are Men of Heart. We serve God and His people in diverse ministries as pastors, educators and missionaries. Learn more about the Augustinian way of life at AugustinianVocations.org or call 610.519.4674 to speak with Bernadette.

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It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving. –Mother Teresa

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Language of

LOVE

by Yuliana Saputro and Katherine Monroe

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doesn’t know Mother Teresa, the beloved nun of Calcutta? She is one of the holy saints who lived among us in this modern era and understood the challenges and turbulences of our world today. While others stood by with hardened hearts, Mother Teresa channeled her faith and compassion to help those who needed it most. She is a model of the union among

By speaking Mother Teresa’s language faith, the Eucharist and charity. She treated the poor as her equals and reached out not only to Christians, but to Muslims, Jews, Hindus and other religious people as well. People of all backgrounds loved and respected her. She brought unity to our world. It all begins with LOVE. At her moving Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Mother Teresa invited each of us to give unconditional love to our brothers and sisters who are hungry, thirsty, cold, sick or forgotten. She infused her every action with love and spoke a language of love. This simple language transcends barriers of culture, religion and status. Even the deaf can hear it. Even the


begins at home. And “ Love love to be true has to hurt.

I never forget a little child who taught me a very beautiful lesson. They heard in Calcutta, the children, that Mother Teresa had no sugar for her children, and this little one, Hindu boy four years old, he went home and he told his parents: I will not eat sugar for three days, I will give my sugar to Mother Teresa. How much a little child can give. After three days they brought into our house, and there was this little one who could scarcely pronounce my name, he loved with great love, he loved until it hurt. And this is what I bring before you, to love one another until it hurts, but don’t forget that there are many children, many children, many men and women who haven’t got what you have. And remember to love them until it hurts. Some time ago, this to you will sound very strange, but I brought a God child from the street, and I could see in the face of the child that the child was hungry. God knows how many days that not eaten. So I give her a piece of bread. And then the little one started eating the bread crumb by crumb. And I said to the child, eat the bread, eat the bread. And she looked at me and said: I am afraid to eat the bread because I’m afraid when it is finished I will be hungry again. This is a reality, and yet there is a greatness of the poor.

– Excerpt from Mother Teresa’s Noble Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, 10 December 1979, in Oslo, Norway.

Copyright © The Nobel Foundation 1979

of love, we can do our part to be a source of light in the dark. mute can speak it. Mother Teresa visited Philadelphia numerous times over the course of her life. Her presence changed many hearts and inspired people to follow in her footsteps. For instance, the Saint Teresa of Calcutta’s Brothers of Charity founded Calcutta House on Girard Avenue. It serves people experiencing homelessness who suffer from HIV/AIDS, providing essential health and human services. During challenging times, when we might feel empty, afraid or lonely, it can be hard to feel God’s presence in our lives. At these times, more than any other, we must remember that many devout people faced the

same struggle: Saint John the Cross, Saint Pio, Saint Théresè of Lisieux — and even Jesus himself. Mother Teresa also experienced a long period of such darkness, fearing that God had forsaken her. Slowly, however, she began to understand that this darkness was part of her vocation: a call to share in the Passion of Christ. There will always be darkness in our lives, but we must remember that God is always with us — especially in our times of despair. By speaking Mother Teresa’s language of love, we can do our part to be a source of light in the dark. Artist: Surendra Dhruw Facebook.com/SketchArtistSDhruw Instagram@dhruv_surendra

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Heart on Fire In

our Lower Shrine, you’ll find Saint Rita’s beautiful bronze statue is encircled by her three patrons. They witness the extraordinary moment she received the stigmata. These exquisite pieces were completed by Anthony Visco, a devotee of Saint Rita and a sacred artist who works in Philadelphia and Florence. Saint Augustine kneels in the southwest corner. Visco shares his inspiration for the Bishop of Hippo. “Growing up Catholic, I was always confused about the difference between Saint Patrick and Saint Augustine. They’re two one-size-fits-all saints who always seem to be represented in the same way: an old white man with a long white beard.” Visco looked for a way to break from the clichéd depiction and to help viewers connect with Saint Augustine in a new way. “He isn’t African American; he’s from North Africa. He’s a Berber. I decided to try it.” Augustine isn’t shown as the regal bishop in episcopal robes. Look carefully, and you’ll see the Augustinian habit, with his Bishop’s mitre set to the side. Visitors to the Lower Shrine are invited to experience the beauty and the peace of the place. Surrounded by the patrons of Saint Rita in this dynamic moment of a miracle, devotees are drawn into the awe of that moment of absolute faith, and enduring witness. Books

Saint Augustine holds two books: The Confessions and City of God.

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Saint Augustine was Bishop of Hippo, elected by popular acclaim.

Anthony Visco is the founder and director of The Atelier for the Sacred Arts. He completes commission works and offers professional services as a devotional art consultant. Learn more at AnthonyVisco.org. Anthony is available for private tours of the devotional art at Saint Rita Shrine. Contact the Shrine Office for more information.

“You have blazed forth with light and have shone upon me…” –Saint Augustine of Hippo Confessions, Ch. 27


Testimonial

We promise, if our petitions are granted, to make known your favor and to glorify God for His gift.

Damian and Dominick are best friends and brothers.

Saint Rita started watching over them before they were even born.

Damian and Dominick were identical twins diagnosed with Stage 3 TTTS (twin to twin transfusion syndrome) while their mother was still pregnant. That meant that the fluids in the placenta were not being equally distributed to both boys. After fetal laser surgery to give each baby his own space, their situation got better, but there was still much uncertainty about their health. Both boys were born 10 weeks early in the same minute. They were micro-preemies who couldn’t stand to be apart. They fought hard in the NICU, aided by a wonderful team of doctors and nurses, their loving parents who believed all would be well, and the prayers of guardian angels and saints. Damian and Dominick’s grandmothers, Ruby and Joanne, took special care to ask Saint Rita for her intercession. Dominick graduated from the NICU first, a few months ahead of his little brother. Damian fought several infections but was determined to grow healthy and strong. Today, the boys are home safe, growing under the watchful eyes of amazing parents and grandparents who love them. Ruby came to visit the Shrine when the boys were finally home, to say thank you to Saint Rita for her protection and help for the boys and their parents, and to make known the favor that Saint Rita granted with beneficence. We thank you, Saint Rita!

–Ruby Kirkup

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Have you received a favor from Saint Rita? Share your experience with us in our Peacemaker magazine. Call 215.546.8333 or email admin@saintritashrine.org to tell us how Saint Rita interceded for you.


Challenges Become Opportunities The powerful and creative Holy Spirit abides within us and all around us. Though it may be frightening to face new challenges and change, we rely on the love and grace of the miraculous Spirit to open our eyes. Change becomes a fulfillment of our future. What is new is seen as a gift from God. Let's go! 13


Ignite the Fire We

NEW LOCATIONS AVAILABLE FOR ANNUAL MEMORIAL CANDLES

are now expanding our annual candles in the Lower Shrine, a place where many powerful Saints listen to our needs and intercede on our behalf. Around the perimeter of the Lower Shrine, the three saints had a strong connection with Saint Rita: Saint Augustine, Saint Nicholas of Tolentine and Saint John the Baptist. As her patrons, they helped her to be a peacemaker between two rival families with a longtime feud. Saint Rita prayed to these saints, who aided her miraculous entrance to the monastery after three attempts. There are many times in life we experience a crisis of faith and feel overwhelmed with our cross. Let us ask these holy patrons to intercede for us as each of them carries a special spiritual gift.

Saint John the Baptist

Perseverance & Confidence in Faith

Call our office at 215.546.8333 or visit SaintRitaShrine.org for more information.

Saint Nicholas

Blessed Maria Fasce

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Inspired by the life of her patroness, Saint Rita, Maria Teresa Fasce dedicated her life to promote devotion to Saint Rita. She was a model of Augustinian life and built a new orphanage for girls. She deeply cared for the orphan girls and called them her “little bees.�

Souls in Purgatory

Saint Augustine

Family Relationships & Conversion in Faith


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Cascia Center M I N I S T R I E S Helping People Make Peace So They May Find Peace

I see clearly that the thing the Church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars. You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds.

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his striking image of the church — a field hospital — undergirds our work in the Cascia Center Ministries of the Shrine, where we strive to bind up wounds in the real lives and sufferings of others. Isn’t this what Jesus did? He saw sin, neglect and self-centeredness and called forth repentance and conversion of life. Through welcome, acceptance and forgiveness, he healed wounds in those who felt unloved, pained and ashamed. He reached out to men and women in their brokenness and helped open them to new life in the grace of God. This is the love Saint Rita drew on in her own times of suffering and family violence. It is a gift she imparted in her outreach of forgiveness, reconciliation and peace.

What God has done for us, God is doing in us as we move forward with new ministries of outreach and support to the community from the Shrine. Augustinian friars Father Jim Paradis, O.S.A., D.Min., and Brother Bob Thorton, O.S.A., Psy.D., currently serve on staff each week in support of the Cascia Center. Father Jim is a certified pastoral counselor; Brother Bob is a clinical psychologist. They offer such services and programs as: individual, couple and family therapy; spiritual direction; illness and bereavement support; peer group supervision for ministers; and professional consultation for clergy, parish staffs and religious communities. In addition, a t

Detail from the Peace Mural, by Anthony Visco, in the Lower Shrine

Not long after his election in 2013, Pope Francis shared a personal description of the church as a field hospital:

Men’s Group has now formed and is meeting weekly to provide confidential support, accountability and spirituality for chaste living. Evenings of education/reflection have started on such topics as “healing in the church,” transformation of anger and the challenges of forgiveness. These will be offered beyond the Shrine to assist local parishes in adult spirituality and education. Our hope in all these efforts is to be, as Pope Francis says, a “field hospital,” widening the circle of peace to make a difference in our city, in the lives of visitors to the Shrine and in the church so much in need of hope and healing. Saint Augustine and Saint Rita, pray for us!

Fr. Jim (left) discussing a group session

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Do Not Be Afraid

Life was never meant to be perfect, but sometimes it can be scary. Overwhelming. Petrifying.

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ometimes, we are caught unaware by hardship. We’re living our lives the best we can — being good to one another, helping the disadvantaged, paying homage to God — when suddenly something terrible happens. It could be as personal as a broken heart or as public as a tornado. It could be the gut wrench of a cancer diagnosis, or the heart drop of the sexual abuse crisis, or the breath stealing of a sudden death.

Sometimes, the fear creeps in. The monotony of daily life slowly loses its shine and meaning. The realities of aging, as our bodies and minds begin to slow down, leave us feeling less than we once were. The sadness of realizing we might not mean as much to somebody special as we once did might make us feel unmoored or, worse, irrelevant. With fear comes a feeling of powerlessness. We can’t find an answer to a yearning question, or a reason that horrible things happen, or a way forward. We are bound by worry. And yet, we know that God is there. As close as a heartbeat. As close as the memory of one we loved and lost. As close as forgiveness. God of all creation, God of all hope, God of every grace is in all these things, to bear us up, to draw us forth, to deliver us, not in our own way but in a manner that surpasses all human understanding. “Do not be afraid,” God assures us. “I am with you, always.”

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God’s Promise in the Holy Bible While preparing this issue, we did some bible studying to find examples of God’s promise to be with us. Here are a few we thought you’d like to know. You can find the entire context of each verse by reading from the bible. Can’t find a bible? Go to usccb.org/bible to look up the passages. Deuteronomy 31:6 Joshua 1:9 Isaiah 41:10 Zephaniah 3:17 Matthew 28:20 Romans 8: 38-39

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Be strong and steadfast; have no fear or dread of them, for it is the LORD, your God, who marches with you; he will never fail you or forsake you.

I command you: be strong and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD, your God, is with you wherever you go.

Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior, Who will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in His love, Who will sing joyfully because of you.

Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our LORD.

Let your life be free from love of money but be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never forsake you or abandon you.”


Saint Clare altar, Montefalco, Italy

Saint Clare OF Montefalco by Yuliana Saputro

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aint Clare of Montefalco, also known as Saint Clare of the Cross, experienced the grace of God’s love in a similar way to Saint Rita of Cascia. In addition to having incorrupt bodies, both Saints lived with tremendous devotion to the Passion of Christ and both nurtured a dry stick until it grew into an abundant tree. During her life in monastery, Saint Clare was well known for her wisdom and holiness. Many important people came to visit her to seek advice.

Saint Clare used to tell her fellow nuns that she felt deeply the Passion of Christ in her heart. After her death, even though she was not stigmatized, the nuns performed a biopsy on her heart and found a small crucifix, the instrument of the Passion, embedded there. An investigation was ordered by the vicar of the Bishop of Spoleto, who suspected that the nuns had committed fraud and planted the crucifix, but the outcome of the investigation showed that the signs were genuine. Saint Clare’s relics are displayed together with her incorrupt body at her Basilica in Montefalco, Italy. Saint Clare’s incorrupt heart

According to tradition, Jesus appeared to Saint Clare as a pilgrim in a small garden inside the monastery, now called The Garden of Saint Clare. He was carrying a huge cross and looked weary. Jesus told her that he had been looking for a solid place to plant His cross. Saint Clare knelt and offered to help carry it. Jesus said to her, “Daughter, I finally found a strong place to plant my cross.” Before he left, Jesus gave her a wooden stick to plant. The stick miraculously sprouted into a large tree and was named Melia azedarach, which is commonly called The Tree of Saint Clare. Studies show that the tree is native to the Himalayas and not found elsewhere in the region of Montefalco.

Learning about Saint Clare’s life, we realize that the Passion of Christ is particularly significant in our spiritual lives, not just as an instrument of torture or humiliation but as an instrument of glory. Jesus, who overcame death, has invited us to a new life through His Passion.

Saint Clare’s incorrupt body

Did you know: Incorruptibility is a Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox belief that divine intervention allows some human bodies (specifically saints and beati) to avoid the normal process of decomposition after death as a sign of their holiness.

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HEARTS ON FIRE is a collection of short biographical sketches of saintly men and women venerated by the Augustinians. The entries follow the general calendar of the Order in 307 pages and recount the lives of 94 Saints, Blesseds and Servants of God who practiced Augustinian Spirituality in the pursuit of holiness. This volume is a valuable companion for those who celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours according to the Augustinian calendar. The best sources available have been used to present profiles that are historically accurate, clear and up-to-date. To purchase: SaintRitaShrine.org/gift-shop

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