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Clare of Assisi

Author(s): Joan Mueller

ISBN13: 9780814651681

ISBN10: 0814651682

Publisher: CMD BOOK SOURCE

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  • Clare of Assisis four letters to Agnes of Prague bring to life a dynamic moment in the history of womens spirituality. Agnes, a Bohemian princess, rejected an offer of marriage from German emperor Frederick II and built a monastery and hospital from her royal dowry. She wrote to Clare for instructions on how to establish this monastery in the Franciscan spirit. In her letters responding to Agnes, Clare reveals what is essential to the Franciscan life, how to become a person of prayer and of joy, and the spiritual benefits of living a simple and poor lifestyle.

  • Joan Mueller



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    A professor as well as a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Joy, Mueller (Creighton Univ.; Is Forgiveness Possible?) has woven a fine and well-developed book around four brief letters of encouragement and comfort sent by Clare of Assisi to the Bohemian princess Agnes, who renounced her rank and offers of marriage to build a monastery and hospital. Clare has proven a valuable figure for modern Catholic womens spirituality, and she-even less than St. Francis-scarcely saw herself as a theologian or writer, so access to her writings is in itself a benefit. Muellers translations are simple and flowing, and she surrounds Clares texts with equally accessible treatments of their contemporary context and modern application. Clares choice of "radical love," Mueller says, should push each of us to "hear and respond to the call of the poor." Highly recommended.

    - Library Journal

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Clare of Assisi