Today, if it wasn't a Sunday, we'd be celebrating St Clare of Assisi, a woman whose name - Chiara - means clear. She is often depicted as Sorella Luna - Sister Moon to Francis's blazing Brother Sun - a pale, luminous beauty; but this is no pale, aqueous moon, but one filled with guts and shot through with steel.
At the beginning of this year Clare became my patron for 2013 (read about this here). I was therefore delighted, a couple of months later, to come across this quote by her, which has somehow hung around ever since:
We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become
It is absolutely simple and absolutely true, and speaks of a gradual process of transformation, whereby we allow ourselves to be shaped by and into the self-giving love of God. It speaks, too, of becoming the love we have received, which takes me back to an insight in January (here). And beyond that, that there's very little more I can add...
Well, just one thing more... I came across this quote on Twitter, posted by a young woman whose profile said she hoped to become a Poor Clare postulant. The only other things I remember from her profile were that she is British and enjoyed running. I've searched for her but she seems to have vanished from Twitter - hopefully into that Poor Clare monastery, to allow herself to continue to be shaped by and into the One she loves. Anyway, whoever and wherever she is, I'm saying a special prayer for her today, and invite you to do likewise.