The ‘other Francis’: The radical Christian legacy of St Clare of Assisi

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Christian Today

Many know of and adore the figure of St Francis of Assisi, the medieval preacher venerated across the world. But how many know of his protégée – a woman who so dedicated her life to the saint’s ideals that she became known as ‘another Francis’?

Clare of Assisi was a radical, pioneering and devoted nun committed to a life of poverty and prayer, who continues to inspire today.

St Clare of Assisi saving a child from a wolf, in a painting by Giovanni di Paolo.Wikimedia Commons

Her life began with a rebellion. Born in 1194, at age 12 Clare’s wealthy family were pressuring her to marry. But Clare ran way, and inspired by a sermon she had heard from Francis of Assisi, sought the religious life in a convent. She cut off her hair and exchanged her elegant gown for a humble robe.

Even when her father sent armed men

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