11th August – St Clare.

Today was a clinic visit and I didn’t get the chemotherapy because my chest hadn’t recovered from the last infection. Hopefully things will be back to normal again in 2 weeks.

Dr Ruth Cullen of the Pro Life Campaign has launched the  ‘Give 8 for the 8th Campaign’. It is asking for a single, once-off donation of €8 to support the massive effort required to save the pro-life 8th Amendment to the Constitution. Since this was passed in 1983, some 100-200,000 lives have been saved according to commissioned actuarial studies. The link is http://mailchi.mp/prolifecampaign/update-terrific-response?e=5d6f51018f. If you don’t have a PAYPAL account but could donate with a credit/debit card, use this link instead https://www.paypal.com/ie/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=zkPB5j2Yg8smM1c1y4zx1IBebGjPsDx0v57PY7xkvHxoAgdVjf9nSQcHsN4&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d795bb2096d7a7643a72ab88842aa1f54&rapidsState=Donation__DonationFlow___StateDonationBilling&rapidsStateSignature=e261216dcf02864b02f16150ca151a2f148801fe. Bless you.

st clareToday is the feast of St Clare (+1253), the incorrupt foundress of the Poor Clare order and contemporary to St Francis. Given that this is a Friday, it is worthwhile to reflect prayerfully on what she wrote about Jesus’ self-emptying – leaving the inaccessible light of heavenly glory to come to earth and eventually die on the Cross to make atonement for our sins.

Gaze first upon the poverty of Jesus, placed in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes. What marvellous humility! What astounding poverty! The King of angels, Lord of heaven and earth, is laid in a manger. Consider next the humility, the blessed poverty, the untold labours and burdens which he endured for the redemption of the human race. Then look upon the unutterable charity with which he willed to suffer on the tree of the cross and to die thereon the most shameful kind of death. [As is written in the Book of Lamentations]: ‘All you who pass this way look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow.’ With one voice and one mind let us answer him as he cries and laments, saying in his own words: ‘I will be mindful and remember and my soul shall languish within me.’ Thus may you ever burn more ardently with the fire of this love.