St. Colette (1381-1447)


st coletteColette was born in Corbie, France. At 21 she joined an order called the Third Order Rule and became an anchoress for the group. An anchoress a woman who is walled into a room and its only opening was a window into a church. St. Colette remained walled four years of prayer and penance in her cell. With approval and encouragement from the pope, she joined the Poor Clares and reintroduced the primitive Rule of St. Clare in the 17 monasteries she established.The Clares were known for their poverty

Colette told her sisters: “We must faithfully keep what we have promised. If through human weakness we fail, we must always without delay arise again by means of holy penance, and give our attention to leading a good life and to dying a holy death. May the Father of all mercy, the Son by his holy passion, and the Holy Spirit, source of peace, sweetness and love, fill us with their consolation. Amen.”

This is how people should live their lives. As followers of Jesus, we should keep their promises to God. If we fall  short through our human weaknesses, we should pray for forgiveness and  begin living a good life again. God wants us to forgive, to forgive us and is always there to help us live a saintly life.

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