St Agnes of Assisi
(1197/8 – 1253)
St Agnes was born the daughter of a Count at Assisi in Italy. She was the younger sister of St Clare of Assisi. Her childhood was spent at her father’s Palace and Castle.
Sixteen days after St Clare secretly left her home to become a follower of St Francis, St Agnes also ran off to share in her sister’s life. Despite her father’s many efforts to force her to return, he finally came to the realisation that something Divine prevented it.
St Francis established a cloistered life for St Agnes and St Clare. Other women joined them, becoming known as the Poor Clares; an Order whose members lived in extreme poverty.
St Agnes was appointed Abbess of one of their communities, ruling with extraordinary kindness while living a life of holiness. She nursed her elder sister, St Clare, prior to her death on 11th August 1253. She died shortly afterwards, on the 16th Nov 1253. Her remains are interred with her sister at the Basilica of St Clare in Assisi.
St Agnes’ Feast Day is the 16th November.
St Agnes of Assisi:
Permit me, Divine Jesus, to come closer to You, that my whole soul may do homage to the greatness of Your Majesty; that my heart, with its tenderest affections, may acknowledge Thy infinite love. (Extract from prayers by St Clare)
Glory be to the…
Jesus’ description of our judgement day was stark!
He said to his disciples, “I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left”. (Luke 17:34-35)
Jesus is love; love only Him; there you will find true happiness.
“O Sacred Heart of Jesus, fountain of eternal life, Your Heart is a glowing furnace of Love. You are my refuge and my sanctuary.” (St Gertrude)
Prayer: Victims of War (Pope St John Paul II)
To You, creator of nature and humanity, of truth and beauty, I pray:
- Hear my voice, for it is the voice of the victims of all wars and violence among individuals and nations;
- Hear my voice, for it is the voice of all children who suffer and who will suffer when people put their faith in weapons and war;
- Hear my voice, when I beg you to instil into the hearts of all human beings the vision of peace, the strength of justice and the joy of fellowship;
- Hear my voice, for I speak for the multitudes in every country and in every period of history who do not want war and are ready to walk the road of peace;
- Hear my voice, and grant insight and strength so that we may always respond to hatred with love, to injustice with total dedication to justice, to need with the sharing of self, to war with peace.
O God, hear my voice and grant to the world your everlasting peace.
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Almighty God, thank you for this new day. Bless me and keep me safe.