Discover why Clare of Assisi has such a powerful legacy.
The founder of the Poor Clares, St. Clare is perhaps best known for her iconic staving off of the Saracen raiders with the Holy Eucharist. This vital course invites you to explore Clare’s rich literary heritage, providing you with a window into the timeless wisdom and desires of thirteenth-century medieval women.
These lectures, taught by leading Clare expert Sr. Joan Mueller, draw on years of careful translation and research into Clare’s remarkable writings. You will gain a level of insight into this amazing saint that will inspire your own spirituality.
You will look first at her letters to Agnes of Prague in the context of Clare’s life and writings to gain fresh insight into the issues of Clare’s time and her spirituality. Then explore Clare’s masterpiece Form of Life, the culmination of a monastic lifetime. Together with Agnes, Clare worked to adapt papal decrees according to the Franciscan charism of poverty.
Like the patristic fathers before them, both Francis and Clare experienced their life with God as sacrum commercium—a “divine business deal.” Poverty was therefore embraced as a precious treasure and the very root of one’s conversion to Christ. You will discover how this understanding was developed in Clare’s own words.
If you are interested in gaining deeper insight into the remarkable life and writings of St. Clare of Assisi and Franciscan spirituality, this course will prove invaluable.
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Your Free Electronic Study Guide! When you order this course, we will send you a free electronic study guide that you can access in 3 convenient ways:
1) You can check your order confirmation email. It will include a link that enables you to download your guide.2) The back of your program package also contains a copy of this link. You can access your guide by simply entering this URL into your browser.3) Your case of CDs or DVDs will contain a copy of your electronic guide on CD. Simply insert this disc into your computer's CD/DVD drive to access your guide.
About Your Presenter
Joan Mueller, O.S.C., Ph.D., is an active Poor Clare Sister and an internationally known Franciscan scholar specializing in the writings of Clare of Assisi. A professor of systematic theology and Christian spirituality at Creighton University, Dr. Mueller is the author of eleven books and numerous scholarly encyclopedic entries and articles, including A Companion to Clare of Assisi: Life, Writings, and Spirituality
(Brill, 2010); The Privilege of Poverty: Clare of Assisi, Agnes of Prague, and the Struggle for a Franciscan Rule for Women
(Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006); Clare of Assisi: The Letters to Agnes
(The Liturgical Press, 2003); and Clare’s Letters to Agnes: Texts and Sources
(The Franciscan Institute, 2001). Dr. Mueller served as the historical consultant to the 2000 Assisi musical, Francesco: Il Musical
and wrote the accompanying novel Francis: The Saint of Assisi
(New City Press, 2000, 2010), which has been translated into Dutch, German, and Italian.
Dr. Mueller’s contributions to Clare studies include a new translation of the letters of Clare and Clare’s Form of Life. These translations solve, for the first time, Clare’s spirituality of the mirror image as well as numerous other technical questions. Internationally, Dr. Mueller was the first scholar to put Clare’s letters in context not only with other documents found on the Italian peninsula but also within the European context—particularly, and most importantly, discovering Agnes of Prague’s assistance in helping Clare lay the groundwork for a canonically-confirmed Franciscan Forma Vitae for women.
- Clare’s Writings: An Overview
- Clare and Agnes: The Characters
- Clare’s First Letter to Agnes of Prague
- Reading Clare’s Second Letter to Agnes of Prague
- The Privilege of Poverty
- Clare’s Third Letter to Agnes of Prague
- Clare’s Form of Life, Chapters 1 & 2
- Clare’s Form of Life, Chapters 3, 4 & 5
- Clare’s Form of Life, Chapters 6 & 7
- Clare’s Form of Life, Chapters 8 & 9
- Clare’s Form of Life, Chapters 10, 11 & 12
- Reading Clare’s Fourth Letter to Agnes of Prague