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Clare Of Assisi And The Mysticism Of Motherhood

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This chapter examines the notion of spiritual motherhood, first as it emerged among the Cistercians, and then as it was developed by Francis and Clare of Assisi. It reviews the importance of poverty in the development of spiritual motherhood. The chapter shows how poverty is integrally related to prayer and how it shapes the path to God in that it leads one to participate in divine life. The chapter studies poverty as it relates to contemplation and transformation which underlie spiritual motherhood. It explores how contemplation is related to self-identity and transformation which, for Clare, is imitatio Christi. The chapter addresses imitatio Christi as a mysticism of motherhood, and discusses themes of spiritual motherhood, Marian devotion and Eucharist. It concludes by placing Clare's spiritual path to God in the context of evangelical life, noting how she contributes to understanding of Gospel life as integral to the life of the Church.

Keywords: Clare of Assisi; Clare's spiritual path; Gospel life; imitatio Christi; Marian devotion; spiritual motherhood



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