Memorial of Saint Clare, Virgin
August 11, 2020
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, on this feast of the beautiful St. Clare, we pray with Psalm 119. How perfect is the response phrase from our psalm!
How sweet to my taste is your promise!
Last night, we watched an old Colombo movie in which one of the characters was a vintner who had developed a peerless taste for fine wine. He could identify every detail – year, grape, region, price. He was the consummate connoisseur.
As I prayed this morning’s psalm, it struck me that through the intentional practice of prayer, we become connoisseurs of the spirit. We are able to discern ever more delicately those realities which carry grace to our souls.
How sweet to my palate are your promises,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
As we deepen in spirit, we purify our taste from all that is not peace, goodness, justice, mercy, and charity. We let go of things that distract our souls from Love.
The law of your mouth is to me more precious
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
By our choices for what is truly precious, we build a legacy of sacred joy which sustains us throughout our lives:
Your decrees are my inheritance forever;
the joy of my heart they are.
Poetry: from Clare of Assisi
We become what we love
and who we love shapes what we become.
If we love things, we become a thing.
If we love nothing, we become nothing.
Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ,
rather it means becoming the image of the beloved,
an image disclosed through transformation.
This means we are to become vessels
of God's compassionate love for others.
Music: Mirror of Eternity (Clare of Assisi) – sung by John Michael Talbot
Place your mind before the mirror of eternity! Place your soul in the brilliance of glory! Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance! And transform your whole being into the image of the Godhead Itself through contemplation! So that you too may feel what His friends feel as they taste the hidden sweetness which God Himself has reserved from the beginning for those who love Him ~ Clare of Assisi