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The St. Clare Prayer Book: Listening for God's Leading Paperback – February 1, 2007
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Many readers know of Francis, but fewer recognize Clare, who learned from Francis founded the Poor Clares, and became known for her wisdom. Following her conversion as a teenager, her life was a cloistered one of meditation and prayer. Much of her life she remained, by choice, behind a set of bars known as the "grille." Saint Clare lived as Saint Francis taught: "Preach with your lives, and when necessary, use words."
Readers familiar with contemplative prayer and the lives of saints will recognize the divine office as a prayer pattern, with defined times and selected readings. For each morning and evening of the week, there is a preparation, Gospel sentence, confession, psalm, Gospel reading, time of silence, prayers of the saints, and a collect. Saint Clare valued the Psalms, Song of Solomon, the prophets, Matthew, and the writings of Paul; hence, scripture selections are primarily from these sources.
A section of notes is worth attention. Recommended for church libraries, and particularly for persons interested in contemplative prayer and lives of the saints. Carolyn Egolf Congretional Libraries Today July/August 2007
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Refresh your prayer life and deepen your relationship with God by exploring seven themes from the life of St. Clare: * Embracing Christ * Purity * Walking the path of conversion * Listening with the heart * Adoring Christ * True discipleship * Redefining family
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It's important that a breviary (book of short prayers) be accessible and easy to use. While they are paperbacks, they are well bound and attractively designed. The type is reasonably large and the different sections are easy to read. Finding one's place requires only to know what day of the week it is, and the prayer offices require no flipping back and forth.
Because the offices are specific in their themes, and contain only small selections from the Psalter and the New Testament, it is best suited for prayer retreats or otherwise limited periods of time.
The introductory material provides an excellent popular account of this Christian saint and her contribution to the spiritual life of the wider Church. The book itself is easy to use for prayers, aesthetically attractive, and well-priced. This volume is an excellent gateway to the practice of regular structured prayer as well as Franciscan Christian spirituality.
I highly recommend this book as a simple tool to help start you or keep you on the path of this rich spiritual discipline.St. Clare Prayer Book: Listening for God's Leading