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 The Papal Decree of Canonization - 266 

42This woman, noble by birth, but nobler by manner of life,
eminently preserved the virginity she had already protected
from the first
under this rule of holiness.

43Her mother, named Ortulana, intent upon pious deeds, followed her daughter's footprints and afterwards accepted this religious way of life. 44In this excellent garden which had produced such a plant for the Lord, she happily ended her days. 45But after a few years, that blessed Clare, very much urged by the insistence of the same Saint Francis, accepted the government of the monastery and the sisters.

46This woman was undoubtedly a very lofty and outstanding tree
with far-reaching branches
that brought forth the sweet fruit of religion
in the meadow of the Church.
47To its refreshing shade, under its delight,
many students of the faith ran and still run from everywhere
tasting fruit of every kind
48This woman was
a clear spring of the Spoleto Valley
that offered a new fountain of living water
for the refreshment and comfort of souls, Jn 4:14
49a fountain that has already irrigated the nursery of religion
through different rivulets in the precincts of the Church.
50This woman was a lofty candelabra of sanctity,
shimmering brightly in the tabernacle of the Lord,
51to whose remarkable splendor
many have and are still hastening,
lighting their lamps Mt 25:7 by its light.
52This woman truly planted and cultivated
a vineyard of poverty in the field of the faith,
from which the abundant and rich fruits of salvation
have been gathered.
53This woman established in the estate of the Church
a garden of humility
hedged in by need of a multiplicity of things
in which a great abundance of virtue flourishes.

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Bulla Canonizationis Sanctae Clarae Assisiensis, Fontes Franciscani, p. 2333


27Haec genere nobilis, sed conversatione nobilior,
virginitatem, quam prius etiam custodiverat,
sub hac sanctimoniae regula praecipue
conservavit.

28Hanc postmodum Religionem mater eius, Hortulana nomine, piis intenta operibus, ipsius natae sequendo vestigia, devote suscepit; 29in qua demum haec optima hortulana, quae in horto dominico protulit talem plantam, conclusit feliciter dies suos. 30Post aliquot vero annos, ipsa b. Clara monasterii et Sororum regimen, nimia eiusdem S. Francisci devicta importunitate, recepit.

31Haec utique fuit
arbor procera et eminens,
longis distenta ramis,
quae in agro Ecclesiae
dulcem fructum religionis attulit,
et ad cuius delectabilem umbram, sub illius amoenitate
fructum huiusmodi libaturae
concurrerunt undique multae alumnae fidei et concurrunt.
32Haec fuit
vena munda Vallis Spoletanae,
quae novum aquae vitalis fontem
ad refectionem animarum et commodum propinavit;
qui iam per diversos rivulos in territorium Ecclesiae
derivatus, plantaria religionis infudit.
33Haec fuit altum sanctitatis candelabrum
vehementer in tabernaculo Domini rutilans,
ad cuius ingentem splendorem
plurimae properaverunt et properant,
suas de illius lumine lampades accendentes.
34Haec profecto in agro fidei plantavit
et coluit vineam paupertatis,
de qua fructus salutis pingues et divites
colliguntur; 35haec in praedio Ecclesiae
humilitatis hortum constituit,
multiplici rerum consertum inopia,
in quo magna virtutum copia reperitur;

Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 266

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