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The ancient spiritual tradition of the Church, explicitly connects the enclosed-contemplative life to the prayer of Jesus "on the mountain", or solitary place not accessible to all but only to those whom he calls to be with Him, apart from the others.

The enclosure therefore, even in its physical form, is a special way of being with the Lord, of sharing in Christ's emptying of Himself by means of a radical poverty, expressed in renunciation not only of things but also of space, of contacts, of so many benefits of creation.

Pope John Paul II, Verbi Sponsa


Further Reading

Clare identified with the Poor Christ
(Pope John Paul II)


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Fulfil your vocation in a spousal dimension
(Pope John Paul II)


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We have come to worship Him
(Pope John Paul II)


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God Loves a Cheerful Giver
(Bishop Martin Drennan)


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The Inner Thirst - on prayer
(Fr. Pat Younge OFM)


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How to discover your vocation
(Fr. Stephen Wang)


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A Way of Life for young Catholics
(Fr. Stephen Wang)


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St. Clare a model saint
(Pat O'Leary)


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A Short History of The Poor Clares Galway
(Celsus O. Brien OFM)


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Excerpts from The Rule of St. Clare

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The Poor Clare Order

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