AS PILGRIMS AND STRANGERS
CLARE OF ASSISTS FORM OF LIFE OF THE POOR SISTERS:
A Spiritual Model of Transformation
The interest in monastic rules is growing. Monastic rules are being discovered as sources for spirituality. What do we find in them? Monastic rules arise from a lived experience of a way of life. Although sometimes centuries old, these texts are often based on human experience and offer us guidelines for our lives now. People searching for meaning in their daily lives find wisdom in these texts and in harmony with their own deepest desires.
Clare of Assisi wrote a Form of Life for her sisters. She unfolds a life project centered on the following of the poor Christ. Even today, she challenges our thinking about what is considered a happy life. Are we too concerned about material things? Her Form of Life teaches us how the limitations of our life open up opportunities for mutual relationships and community building. Simplicity and restraint can free us of material obstacles which obstruct our growth toward inner freedom.
In this book the author explores the wisdom concealed in Clare’s Form of Life. She approaches the texts as a spiritual model for transformation. The book is written as a guideline for people who seek to know the day to day spirituality of Clare and her sisters.
Edith Van den Goorbergh, OSC, has studied extensively on the spiritual legacy of Clare of Assisi. Together with Theodore Zweerman, O.F.M. (t 2005), she published Light Shining Through a Veil. On Saint Clare’s Letters to Saint Agnes of Prague (2000); Respectfully Yours: Signed and Sealed, Francis of Assisi. Aspects of His Authorship and Focuses of His Spirituality (2001); Saint Francis of Assisi: A Guide for our Times. His Biblical Spirituality (2007).