Born to a noble family, Clare of Assisi was expected to make an advantageous marriage, but instead, she was called to God after hearing Saint Francis preach. She left her family, cut off her long hair and gave up her wealth in order to embrace a religious life.
Saint Clare medals usually depict her holding a Monstrance because of an event that happened when soldiers came to raid her convent. Although she was very ill, she had herself and the Blessed Sacrament carried to the convent wall, and she prayed for God’s aid. Her prayers were answered, and the enemies fled.
Because Clare was said to have seen an image of the mass on the wall of her sickroom, she is the patron saint of television. She is also the patron of embroiderers, gold workers, laundry workers and those suffering from eye diseases.