Women may have been seen as second-class humans in past ages, yet there have always been saints who stood aside from what society and family expected of them to live as God called them to.
While aristocratic women may have had more resources to be able to arrange this, they would have been lined up for profitable marriages arranged by others. Not necessarily a doorway to happiness or fulfilment at any level. We have already met the Saxon princesses Eanswythe and Mildred who were given the grace to hear the call and to convince others that they were doing God’s will by entering religious life. Clare was another such aristocrat, and an influence still felt today.
Let us pray to God our Father:
- for all Franciscan sisters especially those at the Franciscan International Study Centre;
- for all women and girls whose lives are limited by other people’s expectations and prejudices, whether in education, employment, life choices or female genital mutilation;
- for those men and women perpetuating the oppression of girls and women;
- for the Franciscan family around the world.
Saint Clare, Pray for us.