“O blessed poverty, who bestow eternal riches on those who love and embrace you!”

St. Clare wrote in her Rule that we are to “live the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ”. She put special emphasis on poverty, going so far as to call it a privilege, the privilege of radical dependence on God.

This radical dependence on God brings out two particular traits of a Poor Clare, Gratitude and Joy; Gratitude that everything is a gift, and Joy in God who cares for us so bountifully.

Holy poverty is essential to our lives as Poor Clares; poverty of spirit and poverty of worldly possessions. "The form of life of the Order of Poor Sisters that the Blessed Francis founded is this: to observe the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by living in obedience, without anything of one's own and in chastity." (Clare's rule 1:1)

The Privilege of Poverty frees us to depend totally on the Lord, for "He who feeds the birds of heaven (cf Matt. 6:26) and clothes the lilies of the field (cf. Matt. 6:28) will not fail you in either food or clothing until He ministers to you in Heaven.