By: Lilian Cristina Pinheiro, OSF
Francis and Clare: two hearts that find each other, in love and in Christ. It is an image of wholeness. The experience of faith of the two saints enriches the arid soil, allowing red and white flowers to bloom. The red represents a life searching for Gospel living; the white embodies unwavering faith.
In their embrace, they unite and give birth to the Franciscan-Clarian charism, represented by the strong branch reaching up to heaven. Francis’ feet are raised up and he seems to lean on Clare. Throughout his life, whenever he had doubts and had to discern something, he would ask Clare to pray. An example was when the seraphic father was in doubt as to whether he should preach or lead life as a hermit.