The First Witness of Thomas of Celano (1228) - 402 

With thesons carrying their father and the flock following the shepherd who was hastening to the Shepher of them all, Ez 37:24 hearrived at the place where he first planted the religion and the Order of the consecrated virgins and Poor Ladies. They laid him out in the church of San Damiano, home to those daughters he gained for the Lord. The small window was opened, the one used by these servants of Christ at the appointed time 2 Sm 24:15 to receive the sacrament of the Lord's body. The coffin was also opened: in it lay hidden the treasure of supercelestial powers; in it he who had carried many was now carried by a few.

The Lady Clare!
Clearly a woman of true brilliance and holiness,
the first mother of all the others,
the first plant of that holy Order:
she comes with her daughters
to see the father
who would never again
speak to them or return to them,
as he was quickly going away.
117They looked upon him,
groaning and weeping with great anguish of heart. Ps 38:9 [Vulgate, Ps 37:9]
And they began to cry out: Jos 3:3
"Father, O father, what shall we do?"
Why are you abandoning us poor women?
We are forsaken!
To whom are you entrusting us?a
Why didn't you send us ahead of you in joy
to the place you are going,
instead of leaving us behind in sorrow?
What would you have us do,
enclosed in this cell,
without your usual visits?
All consolation 2 Cor 1:5 ebbs away along with you,
just as no solace remains for us who are buried to the world!
Who will comfort us in so great a poverty,
poverty of merit as much as of goods?




Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 402