We learn from St. Clare both the importance of giving one’s life to Christ as well as the sublime, eternal rewards of doing so. When we leave the fleeting, temporary created objects of the world behind, no longer placing our trust in them, we are freed from the burden of heavy, material chains and thus allowed to more clearly perceive the beautiful and sublime bounty of the Beloved.
The Church of the Poor
Pope Francis has laid out his vision of the Church as “a field hospital after battle” that is dedicated to healing wounds. The Pope wants a Church that is welcoming to everyone and that is inclusive. He preaches mercy and openness in charity, with a vision toward salvation in Christ.