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Process 4:5. 42 chapter two According to Sister Benvenuta, one of these horsehair shirts was still in the S. Damiano monastery at the time of Clare’s death. Certain sisters also tried wearing these hair shirts but, when they were unable to endure them, Clare willingly extended kindness to them. 34 According to Sister Cecilia, after Clare had heard that certain brothers had been martyred in Morocco, she desired to go there and endure martyrdom for love of the Lord. Perhaps remembering her fear that Clare might leave them, Cecilia wept as she recounted this story.

Paolo only a few days before leaving for S. Angelo di Panzo, the author states that Clare’s “mind was not completely at peace,” and that she moved to S. Damiano at the advice of S. 119 Once she arrived at S. 120 The Legend of Clare adds another vignette to the pre-S. Damiano life of Clare. After she had left the world, Clare prayed that her sister, Catherine, might join her in her new life. Sixteen days after Clare’s conversion, the Legend says, God answered Clare’s prayer and Catherine appeared at S.

When Catherine refused to return to Assisi with them, they beat her and dragged her away by the hair. At some point, they were unable to move her further and joked that she had been eating lead all night. Clare begged them to entrust Catherine to her care, and most likely because of Catherine’s injuries, the knights abandoned her to her fate. Francis cut Catherine’s hair with his own hand and directed both Clare and Catherine in the way of the Lord. 121 S. Paolo delle Abbadesse, S. Angelo di Panzo, and Clare’s Tonsure Archival records exist affirming the existence of the monasteries that sheltered Clare before she moved to the Monastery of S.

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