Today is the opening Mass for the new academic year at the Academy, and it falls on the feast of St. Clare. When we take students on pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi, we always visit the basilica dedicated to her, and pray before her tomb. She's one of our "special saints," and even more so, now that we have the community of Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration as part of our Atonement family.
O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich: Deliver us, we pray thee, from an inordinate love of this world, that, inspired by the devotion of thy servant St. Clare, we may serve thee with singleness of heart, and attain to the riches of the age to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Basilica of St. Clare in Assisi.<="">