Icon of the Week: Crucifixion

March 30, 2015 Comments Off on Icon of the Week: Crucifixion

RLCRUWPArtist’s Narrative:
The angel’s fiery sword will no longer guard the gate of Paradise, for the Cross of the Lord has put it out wondrously. The power of death has been broken, the victory of Hades wiped out, and You, my Savior, have stood up and called out to all those bound in hell: “Come now, and enter into heaven!”
(Byzantine Lenten Hymn)

Crucifixion Icon by  Br. Robert Lentz, OFM

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Icon of the Week: St. Clare of Assisi

March 23, 2015 Comments Off on Icon of the Week: St. Clare of Assisi

RLCOAWhen she was 18 years old, Clare left behind the wealth and ease of her noble family and embraced the radical poverty of Jesus, which she had heard St. Francis praise in the streets of Assisi. For her remaining 41 years, she struggled against incredible odds to be true to her ideals. When church authorities ordered her to relax the austerity of her way of life, she patiently insisted that women could follow the Gospel ideals as well as men. Two days before her death, she finally received papal approval for the rule that she had written for her followers.

Like other women religious of her day, Clare and her companions lived within a strict monastic enclosure. What made them different was their rigorous vow of poverty, which forbade even communal possessions. They supported themselves by the work of their hands and depended on alms for the rest. They wore the simplest clothing and fasted every day except for Christmas and Sundays. In all things they strove to maintain among themselves “the unity of mutual love and peace.”

For 28 years Clare was continually ill, and often confined to her bed. Even in bed she insisted on doing her share of work. One legend tells of how she dropped a roll of linen cloth she was sewing, and how it rolled too far from her bed for her to reach. The monastery cat, with which she is pictured in this icon, retrieved the cloth for her so that she could finish the work. This story reflects the profound closeness to creation and all other creatures which lies at the core of Franciscan spirituality.

For 41 years Clare led her austere life with the same small group of women, only leaving her tiny monastery once. In spite of her illness and other problems, in spite of the sorrow she must have felt as she watched many of Francis’ male followers abandon his ideals after his death, her writings were filled with peace and joy. She challenges us to re-examine our own goals, which often bring us stress and misery, as she speaks of moving us through life “with swift pace, light step, and unswerving feet, so that even your steps stir up no dust…”

Her feast day is August 11.

St. Clare of Assisi Icon by  Br. Robert Lentz, OFM

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Icon of the Week: Annunciation

March 24, 2014 Comments Off on Icon of the Week: Annunciation

Feast of the Annunciation (March 25)Today is revealed the mystery that is from all eternity. The Son of God becomes the Son of man, so that sharing in what is less He may make me share in what is greater. In times of old, Adam was once deceived: he sought to become God, but received not his desire. Now God becomes human, that He may make Adam God. Let creation rejoice, let nature exult: for the Archangel stands in fear before the Virgin and, saying to her “Hail,” he brings the joyful greeting through which our sorrow is relieved. O you who in your merciful compassion were made human, our God, glory to you!
(Martins, March 25, Byzantine Rite.)

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