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,
so that even your steps stir no dust,
securely, joyfully, and swiftly,
on the path of prudent happiness,
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