Thursday, April 12, 2012

Vocation Discernment Invitation to Ponder Mary with St. Clare of Assisi

During this 800th Anniversary Year of St. Clare's call to follow Jesus on Palm Sunday night 1212, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you to consider a May 18-20, 2012 discernment retreat focusing on this femine follower's love for Mary, Queen of the Angels. You will ponder events in St. Clare's life and also pray with writings of St. Francis.

To register for the retreat and join other young women contemplating a call to follow Jesus as a Franciscan Sister, click here.

Hail, O Lady, holy Queen,
Mary, holy Mother of God,
Who are the Virgin made Church,
chosen by the most Holy Father in heaven,
whom He consecrated with His most holy beloved Son
and with the Holy Spirit the Paraclete,
in whom there was and is
all fullness of grace and every good.

Hail His palace! 
Hail His tabernacle.! 
Hail His dwelling!
Hail His Robe!
Hail His Servant!
Hail His Mother!

And hail all You holy virtues
which are poured into the hearts of the faithful
through the grace and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, 
that from being unbelievers,
You may make them faithful to God.

-St. Francis of Assisi