A few years ago I went on a trip to Italy with Augustinian friends and visited some of the places of interest in the Order. One place was Montefalco where St Clare lived.
Clare was born in 1268 in the village and spent her whole short life there. She died aged 40 in 1308. When she was six, her sister set out to found an enclosed convent and Clare went with her. Whether this was for family reasons I do not know. When her sister died in 1281, Clare became Abbess.
Clare had great devotion to the passion of Christ. She would spend hours in ecstasy pondering his suffering. As abbess she was wise and helpful. She led by example.
She often said that she bore the marks of the Passion on her heart. When she died the sisters opened her chest and found her heart had nail marks and a cross engraved on the muscle tissue. There were also the marks of thorns. The heart is still there in Montefalco to this day. The village is situated high in the Italian alps and is a beautiful place to visit.