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RE: St Clare
interesting all right, but where's your homework...I thought it was due at
that's not like you...
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of susan marsh
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2001 6:18 AM
Subject: St Clare
I noticed an article in the August 9th New York Port which you might find
entertaining -- concerning a St Clare. Here is the url. The text follows
TV HAS PATRON SAINT
By ADAM BUCKMAN
August 9, 2001 -- DOES TV deserve a saint?
Pope Pius XII thought so. Though few people today seem to be aware of it,
St. Clare - a noblewoman born in Assisi at the end of the 12th century - the
of television in 1958.
Her principal qualification stems from a tale recounting a Christmas Eve
when she was too
sick to leave her bed to attend a midnight Mass. So she prayed alone.
The rest of the story is picked up by Sister Mary St. Paul, of the Monastery
Clares in Cleveland, who wrote a book called "Clothed With Gladness: The
Story of St.
Clare" (Our Sunday Visitor Press, osvpublishing.com).
"Our Lord responded [to her prayers] by just mystically transporting her so
that she heard
the great ceremonies that were going on at the Basilica of St. Francis,
which was clear
across town," said Sister Mary on the phone earlier this week.
"And she not only heard it, but she saw it. It was a type of vision of an
contemporary event and so, of course, when television became a reality . . .
somebody who had experienced [a form of] television in the 13th century."
Clare eventually established a convent known as the Poor Clares.
Today, her bones and shorn blond hair are preserved in a 750-year-old
basilica in Assisi,
in the Italian region of Umbria.
But you don't have to travel that far to pay homage to St. Clare, whose
annual feast day
You can attend special celebratory Masses at either of the two churches of
St. Clare here
in the city - one in Staten Island, at 110 Nelson Ave., and one in The
Bronx, at 1918
Paulding Ave. - although St. Clare's connection to television is not part of
Or you can purchase a 4-inch, glow-in-the-dark figure of St. Clare for about
either of the two branches of the downtown novelty store Tah-Poozie (at 50
and 78A Seventh Ave., near 15th Street).
The Seattle-based company that markets the statues - Accoutrements Inc.
(www.accoutrements.com) - says it sold 15,000 of them last year and 9,000 so
far this year
at stores around the country.
On the back of the package is printed a brief explanation of how St. Clare
came to be
proclaimed the patron saint of television.
The Catholic Church defines a patron saint as "someone to whom we pray to
God on our behalf in a particular matter," explains Joe Zwilling, spokesman
Archdiocese of New York.
As television's patron saint, St. Clare "would be somebody to whom people
who work in the
television medium could turn so that the work they do each day would be
While some would say television today is not worthy of a saint's patronage,
thinks St. Clare would not feel that way.
"I think she recognizes the great potential it has for good," Sister Mary
that the church "solicits heavenly patrons to guard the creations of man so
that good will
may come from them."
In the Monastery of St. Clare in New Rochelle live 12 cloistered nuns who
occasionally and "with moderation," according to one of them, Sister
"I think she'd appreciate it," said Sister Elizabeth of St. Clare. "If it
keeps us better
informed, if it enriches our lives in any way and if it's done in
moderation, as Clare
says, we should do everything in a spirit of prayer to which all other
These days, the sisters' favorite show is "Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly,"
mornings on Channel 13.
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