‘Happy, indeed, is she to whom it is given to share this sacred banquet, to cling with all her heart to Him whose beauty all the heavenly hosts admire unceasingly, whose love inflames our love, whose contemplation is our refreshment, whose graciousness is our joy, whose gentleness fills us to overflowing, whose remembrance brings a gentle light, whose fragrance will revive the dead, whose glorious vision will be the happiness of all the citizens of the heavenly Jerusalem …’

These words were written by St Clare, as part of a correspondence with St Agnes of Prague, and which happily have come down to us. They sing of St Clare’s own loving relationship with God; of refreshment, joy, gentleness and much else.

May His ‘gentle light’ guide you in everything this day. May St Clare pray for us, and may God bless you.