It is tempting, and certainly a little bit of good fun, to see Gloria Hutchinson's meditation on six of the Catholic church's most beloved saints --Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi
, Ignatius of Loyola, Therese of Lisieux, Teresa of Avila, and John of the Cross --as a bit of a Rorschach test, or perhaps the Myers-Briggs personality test.
St Clare of Assisi
, for instance, is the patron saint of television, even though she lived between 1194 and 1253, which is a bit before Play Your Cards Right.
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The Privilege of Poverty: Clare of Assisi
, Agnes of Prague, and the Struggle for a Franciscan Rule for Women, by Joan Mueller.
Mueller uses these sources to chronicle the political struggles and negotiations undertaken by Clare of Assisi
and Agnes of Prague in the forty-one years between Clare's 1212 vow of obedience to Francis and the official papal approval, in 1253, of a Franciscan rule for women, the Rule of Saint Clare.
Light in the Dark Ages: The Friendship of Francis of Francis and Clare of Assisi
is a spiritual biography of Francis and Clare of Assisi
, written especially to help guide and enlighten fellow Christians in the modern day.
Relying on papal, political, and civic documents, Joan Mueller provides a "case study" (6) of how Clare of Assisi
, Agnes of Prague, and their companions attempted, in response to Scripture, to establish an economy of sustenance for religious women living in medieval society.
WHY was Clare of Assisi
chosen as the patron saint of television?
The saints who come to talk to Damian may be dressed correctly, but are undeniably real people in the current mould: St Clare of Assisi
, for example, turns up in a nun's habit but smoking a cigarette.
In 1989 I was commissioned by the Franciscan Sisters and Poor Clares of Minnesota to write, produce, and perform a play about St Clare of Assisi
Exploring the lives and thoughts of great historical figures such as Clare of Assisi
, Simone de Beauvoir, Gustav Klimt, and more, Assignation At Vanishing Point charts the wisdom and revelation great figures in deeply emotional free-verse prose, bridging history with the power of raw expression.
It marks the 750th anniversary of the death of founder St Clare of Assisi
, who has her own hi-tech link - she has become the patron saint of television.