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Clare’s Forma Vitae

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The apostolic see is accustomed to approve pious desires and grant benevolent favor to the worthy requests of petitioners. In conformity with this form of life, you are to live together in unity of spirit and in the profession of the highest poverty. This chapter presents a letter writeen by the bishop of Ostia and Velletri. It also presents a document that discusses the life of the Poor Sisters. The form of life of the Order of Poor Sisters founded by Blessed Francis is this: to observe the holy gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by living in obedience, without property, and in chastity. Clare, unworthy handmaid of Christ and little plant of the most blessed father, Francis, promises obedience and reverence to the Lord Pope Innocent, his canonically elected successors, and the Roman church.

Keywords: Clare; Jesus Christ; Ostia; Velletri

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