Saint Clare of Assisi
"May you cling to his most sweet Mother, who gave birth to the kind of Son whom the heavens could not contain, and yet, she carried him in the tiny enclosure of her sacred womb."
Saint Clare of Assisi was born in Assisi in 1194. Very little is known about her infancy and adolescence. The first written information about her tell us that at the age of 18 she cut her hair and took on the dark habit worn by the order of St. Francis, wanting to follow Christ in poverty, humility and charity. She began to live a life of radical poverty and founded to the second franciscan order: the Poor Ladies. St. Clare lived St. Francis' ideal, but from inside the convent, where she spent 43 years of her life. She gave her soul up to God in a convent called Saint Damian on the 11th of August, 1253. Her last words were: "Oh God, blessed are you for having created me."
Saint Therese of Lisieux
"What a joy to remember that she [Mary] is our Mother! Since she loves us and knows our weakness, what have we to fear?."
Saint Therese of the Child Jesus was born in Alençon, France on January 2, 1873. Therese, the youngest of five children, lost her mother at the age of five. She was educated by her sisters and her father, who taught her to love the poor and to pray. Her sister, who was like a mother to her, entered the Carmelite Order. This new cause of suffering for Therese brought with it the certainty of her own call to Carmel, and she desired to enter the monastery as well. Due to the fact that she was only 15 years old, she decided to ask for the Pope's permission while on a pilgrimage to Rome. She pleaded before the Pope and he answered, "You will enter if God wills it." She was finally able to enter the Carmelite monastery, where she lived her spiritual childhood very intensely. She knew how to offer up the seemingly little everyday things to the Lord. She lived in self-denial and offered herself as instrument in God's hands. She contracted tuberculosis when she was 23 years old, and died a year later on September 30, 1897. She was beatified by Pope Pius XI in 1922 and canonized two years later. Her feast day is October 1st.