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As one of the first followers of Francis of Asssi, Clare of Assisi founded the Order of Poor Ladies -- known today as the Poor Clares. By writing the order's Rule of Life, she became the first woman to draw up a set of monastic guidelines. Living in strict poverty and relative silence, Clare's life was devoted to serving Christ. Her name actually means "clear, bright, shining" so here's hoping your own little Clare will shine a light where ever she goes. (In Italian, Clare is Chiara.)

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