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 The Remembrance of the Desire of a Soul (1245-1247) - 417 

and in such an amazing way
that it strikes fear and inflicts pain
upon anyone who hears of it.
But, as earlier foretold by the Holy Spirit,
an Order of holy virgins was to be established there
to be brought one day
as a polished collection of living stones 1 Pt 2:5a
for the restoration of the heavenly house.
The virgins of Christ
had begun to gather in that place,
assembled from diverse regions of the world,
professing the greatest perfection
in the observance of the highest poverty 2 Cor 8:2
and the beauty of every virtue.
Though the father gradually withdrew
his bodily presence 2 Cor 10:10 from them,
he still offered in the Holy Spirit, Mt 3:11
his affection to care for them.
The saint recognized that they were marked
with many signs of the highest perfection,
and that they were ready to bear any loss
and undergo any labor for Christ Phil 1:29
and did not ever want to turn aside
the holy commandments. Ps 119:21 [Vulgate, Ps 118:21]
Therefore, he firmly promised them,
and others who professed poverty
in a similar way of life,
that he and his brothers
would perpetually offer them help and advice.
And he carried this out carefully
as long as he lived,
and when he was close to death
he commanded it to be carried out without fail always,
saying that
one and the same Spirit
had led the brothers and those little poor ladies
out of this world. Gal 1:4




Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 417

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