Clare of Assisi, Saint. [Letter to Agnes of Prague, 1253] in Clare's letters to Agnes : texts and sources 87ff

[Letter from Saint Clare of Assisi to Agnes of Prague]
In her fourth letter Clare expresses her love for Agnes of Prague as a daughter dear to her heart. She again freely improvises upon The Legend of Saint Agnes of Rome, demonstrating her familiarity with this text. The eschatological note of the letter is worthy of one who is preparing for death, but it is much more than this. Clare has taken the beatitude, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Mt 5:3)," literally. She is confident of heaven, because of Christ's promise. Clare exhorts Agnes to ponder the birth, public life, death, and glory of Jesus Christ, her spouse. In embracing and contemplating the mystery of the Poor Christ, Agnes will share in eschatological glory, and will be united with Clare again before the throne of God.
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