CLARE of MONTEFALCO (Saint) Virgin (August 18) (14th century) Clare of the Cross, a nun of the Order of the Hermits of Saint Augustine, consecrated herself to God from her youth in a convent of her native city, of which later she was chosen Abbess. Her life was one of ecstatic prayer and rigorous penance. Filled with an ardent longing for perfection, she had for her distinctive devotion that to the Passion of Christ. To a Sister, marvelling at her patience, she is reported to have said, “If thou seekest the Cross of Christ, take my heart; in it thou wilt find my Suffering Lord.” In effect, when she had departed from this world (August 18, A.D. 1308), a Crucifix was found depicted on the flesh of her heart. Her name was inserted in the Roman Martyrology by Clement XII in the eighteenth century.