Clare played a significant role in encouraging and aiding Francis, whom she saw as a spiritual father figure: she took care of him during his illness at the end of his life until his death in 1226. Clare died in 1253 at the age of fifty nine. In 1263 the name of the Order she founded was changed to the Order of St Clare.
Prayer of St Clare
God of mercy you inspired St. Clare with the love of poverty by the help of her prayers. May we follow Christ in poverty of spirit and come to the joyful vision of your glory in the kingdom of heaven. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your son who lives and reigns with the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.