What you hold, may you always hold

By Clare of Assisi
(1193? – 1254)

English version by Regis J. Armstrong, OFM CAP & Ignatius C. Brady, OFM

 

What you hold, may you always hold.
What you do, may you do and never abandon.
But with swift pace, light step,
          unswerving feet,
          so that even your steps stir no dust,
go forward
          securely, joyfully, and swiftly,
on the path of prudent happiness,
          believing nothing
          agreeing with nothing
          which would dissuade you from this resolution
          or which would place a stumbling block for you on the way,
so that you may offer your vows to the Most High
in the pursuit of that perfection
to which the Spirit of the Lord has called you.

 

from Francis and Clare: The Complete Works: The Classics of Western Spirituality, Translated by Regis J. Armstrong, OFM CAP / Translated by Ignatius C. Brady, OFM

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