LITTLE FLOWERS OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI, Chapter 15
HOW ST CLARE ATE WITH ST FRANCIS AND HIS COMPANIONS AT ST MARY OF THE ANGELS
When I put up the thread for each new chapter, I like to make some observation or comment, but this time I'm at a loss. I'm not Roman Catholic, so maybe I'm missing something in the traditions and practices of catholicism or the cloistered life. I have to confess too, I should have given myself more time to reflect after reading this chapter. Hoping to cudgel my brain into some profound observation, I came up with the following questions and topics. I've always felt that putting out questions is a better stimulant to dialog than observations, anyway. But in the past, I've had just as much trouble formulating good questions.
What is the importance or significance of St. Clare and St. Francis eating together? Why does St. Clare seek it? Why does St. Francis at first not consent? Why does it seem important enough to his companions to confront him about it? Is there any special significance to the two locations, San Damiano and St. Mary of the Angels? Their rapture and the appearance of fire. Then, satisfied with the "spiritual food," they leave without partaking of the physical food provided. The concern of the other sisters that St. Clare might be sent away to other duties.