The Meeting of Sts. Francis and Clare
St. John wrote that God is love. "God is friendship", echoed St. Aelred. Like holiness, friendship is best understood when it is incarnated. One of the richest friendships in history is that of Francis and Clare of Assisi. This icon depicts the visit of the two saints at the Portiuncula for a meal. This was the only meal they were to share. They seldom saw one another, yet their bond of friendship made them spiritual twins.
St. Clare of Assisi, 2008 by Stephen B Whatley
© Stephen B Whatley " Since 2000, when I made a painting of the Baby Jesus on Christmas Day, I have increasingly felt compelled to express the depth of my Christian faith - upon which I depend- through my art. My faith has grown through suffering and heartbreak - and miraculous moments of joyous overcoming- not through indoctrination. Along the way I have been enriched by learning of the different Saints - some of whose intercession I have been humbly honoured to feel. Most recently I have…