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30 seconds. Q. St Clare is known as an " ______", meaning her body did not corrupt over the years Q. The church where St Francis experienced Christ speaking to him? . Denied his relationship with his dad. Tags . Search; Create a Quiz; My Quizzes; Reports; Memes; Collections; Profile; Settings; Log out; Refer a friend. Book, film, and arts reviews; e-courses and practice circles; spiritual quotes; He also looks at St. Francis's wonderful connection with the natural world and his Over Assisi: A Personal Encounter with Francis and Clare by Gerard Thomas. The love for Christ and the poor did not diminish at all the deep love that united serving others, there can be true love and relationships of great tenderness. Between Francis and Clare, there is something mysterious that.
To deal with it is like dealing with a wild animal. Ordinary things register in a different way; a strain of music may be experienced as something painfully beautiful, a line of poetry as saying something infinitely expressive, a field of flowers as a visual poem in itself.
What is happening is both paradoxical and confusing; we are led astray by our emotions, our sensibilities and our feelings, and find ourselves unable to 'come down to earth? One can either dismiss it entirely and succumb to the carnal. One can retreat into an ivory tower and allow extreme sensitivity to reign. Or one can recognize the full implication of what is happening and place oneself in the preserve of this transcendent intuition.
I think the latter is what Clare did when she encountered Francis. When experiencing the drowning into love one can retreat from it, or one can enter into it and let it work out its natural course emotionally and biologically.
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Or one can enter into it and do what many, in my opinion, have done in the Courtly Love paradigm. That is to accept the love and fully enter its emotional gifts, yet maintain a distance and " allow extreme sensitivity to reign.
But Cowan here suggests a still more refined alternative, which is to enter into and remain in the heightened state of intuitiveness that being in love is, and staying in that state by entering into a close but still distant relationship.
This is what Clare and Francis did, suggests Cowan. To me entering this intuitive state is a variation on the theme of maintaining love at a distance and letting sensitivity reign. Cowan believes, obviously, that there is a difference between these two states, else he would not have separated the two as he has done. This is interesting in and of itself and will require me to think more on my facile comparison, one I often make, between the state of being in love and what some religious persons describe as a state of being 'in the Spirit,' feeling the Holy Spirit stirring within.
I suppose the comparison I have made to this point has been too facile, and that Cowan has thrown me a hint I should use to reconsider my descriptions of these experiences. I will do so. After this interesting discussion of Clare's side of this love affair, Cowan enters into Francis' side by noting that he was twelve years older when she breezed into his life, plus he was already the head of a sizable brotherhood of mendicants.
So in many ways Francis was on his way, he did not need this girl breezing across his path and stopping to face him and claim the right to be one of his troupe. Cowan asks the following question p. The chronicles seem to think so-but always with the proviso that between them no physical intimacy occurred.
Theirs was a love, so the story goes, made in Heaven. What they saw in one another is precisely what Ibn Hazm described: It sounds like a romantic fiction. Yet this image of two 'linked atoms' les atoms ecrochus eventually finding one another, and committing themselves to the same ideal, persists.
She was indeed a beauty. No man, however celibate he might think himself, could help but notice a woman in the full flower of her maidenhood-who at the same time radiated a certain detachment and coolness.
Virginity can be an aphrodisiac, especially when it is accompanied by an untouchability that is almost provocative. Francis would have sensed this; he would have known, too, that he was dealing with no ordinary woman. In Clare, he had met someone who was already in defiance of what she stood for, even if she did not know it yet. Such a condition only he understood, since he had begun to live a similar life himself. I think he found himself caught up in a range of conflicting emotions.
Cowan lets history give the answer, and next launches into a discussion of Francis' attitude toward women in general, which is based on biographies that provide a set of mixed indicators.Brother Sun and Sister Moon (Francis and Clare scene).avi
That is not really the topic of this page, so I will move on to his conclusion of that matter, which returns us to Clare: If women were the enemy, then why did he give to her so much of himself? Why did he so influence her to give up normal life in favor of retiring from the world? I suspect it was because he recognized in Clare something unique: Francis was in the business of gathering about him people worthy enough to be considered as members of his illuminati, male or female.
If you have read the pages on Rumi in this series, you will know that avoiding marriage and children was not considered to be necessary for saintliness or revelation. Love between persons was a reflection of Divine Love, but lusting and longing for sexual activity was an impediment.
But this is not the place to launch into that discussion either.
I did touch on it in several other pages including one called Sexuality, Spirituality and Ecstacy click to go there, of course.
Cowan goes on to state the obvious: Cowan notes that sixty-four years later the next relationship based on 'spiritual love' enters the world literary scene, that of Dante and Beatrice. But Cowan rightly observes regarding that imaginary relationship, as compared with the real one being discussed here that: Whereas Clare knew that Francis had chosen her. She knew that he wanted her to make a particular kind of sacrifice in order to join him in a "marriage of the spirit?
Francis's extraordinary powers of persuasion encouraged her to believe that she, too, may be capable of traveling her own path toward realizing a personal spiritual insight. Her name was Nizam, and her surname "Eye of the Sun and of Beauty. The magic of her glance, the grace of her conversation were such an enchantment that when, on occasion, she was prolix, her words flowed from the source; when she spoke concisely, she was a marvel of eloquence; when she expounded an argument she was clear and transparent If not for the paltry souls who are ready for scandal and predisposed towards malice, I should commend her on the beauties of her body as well as her soul, which was a garden of generosity.
Cowan says about Francis that pp. In spite of her youth she was a woman blessed with the gift of seeing herself as a vessel for that deep interior recognition of God that lies in everyone. This was what she had seen in Francis; and this is what Francis had witnessed in her. However, "they controlled such meetings so that the divine mutual attraction might go unnoticed in the eyes of people, avoiding public rumors.
So also the love between Clare and Francis. An ancient legend refers to it with very tender candor: He went to Clare and said: She felt her heart would stop and that if he said another word, she would cry. I will go alone and I will accompany you from afar, as the Lord leads me. The path went through a forest.
Suddenly, she felt powerless, without comfort and without hope, without a parting word before separating from Francis. She waited a bit. And then, at that moment, something wonderful happened. It seemed as if summer had arrived and thousands and thousands of flowers burst forth in the snow covered fields.
After the initial shock, Clare hurried to pick a bouquet of roses and put it in Francis's hands. They are the ones that keep the meaning of the primordial facts of the heart and love.
In effect, they never left each other's heart. A witness at the canonization of Clare says with grazie that to her, Francis "seemed so clearly and luminously like gold that she also saw herself all clear and bright as if in a mirror.