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Break-In at the Basilica

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Break-In at the Basilica

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Dianne Ahern
Illustrated by Katherine Larson

Luigi, a desperately poor man, breaks into the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi, Italy, to steal something of great value.  He hides behind the wooden choir stalls and waits for nightfall.  The howl of the wolf breaks the quiet of the night and a burst of warm air sends chills down his spine.  Thus begins another Adventure with Sister Philomena, Special Agent for the Pope.

Break-in at the Basilica written by Dianne Ahern and illustrated by Katherine Larson, is the second book in this adventure series that takes a boy, Riley, and his littlle sister, Delaney, to Italy to stay with their aunt, Sister Philomena.  At first the kids were sure this would be a miserable summer stuck in a convent with a bunch of nuns that do nothing but go to church and pray all day.  Boy, were they wrong!

In this adventure, Sister Philomena, the Pope's private eye, is called upon to go to Assisi to investigate the break-in and theft of the priceless Chartula of Saint Francis,  Her Mother Superior has made it clear that the children cannot be left unattended in the convent.  Having no other alternative, Sister Philomena takes her niece and nephew with her to Assisi on the Papal Assignment.

Eager to assist their aunt and find clues, the children explore the basilica, study its frescos, sneak into the tomb of Saint Francis, wander through the hill town of Assisi, and end up in the lieel church of San Damiano.  Every once in a while they spot a wolf or hear its howl or feel its presence.  Is it real or a spirit?  Good or evil?  What is it trying to tell them?

Woven into this great tale of adventure are the personal stories of Saint Francis and Saint Clare and the sights and sounds of Assisi.  The book also has an appendix of Italian Words and Phrases that will help young readers become world travellers.

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St. Clare of Assisi

St. Clare of Assisi Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/11
Tridentine Calendar - 08/12

Patron Of: Embroiderers, Eye Diseases, Gilders, Goldsmiths, Good Weather, Laundry Workers, Needle Workers, Television Writers

    Daughters of a count and countess. Her father died young. After hearing Saint Francis of Assisi preach in the streets, she confided to him her desire to live for God, the two became close friends. On Palm Sunday 1212 the bishop presented her with a palm, which she apparently took as a sign. Clare and her cousin Pacifica ran away from her mother's palace during the night. She eventually took the veil of religious profession from Francis at the Church of Our Lady of the Angels in Assisi.

    Founded the Order of Poor Ladies (Poor Clares) at San Damiano, and led it for 40 years. Everywhere the Franciscans established themselves throughout Europe, there also went the Poor Clares, depending solely on alms, forced to have complete faith on God to provide through people; a lack of land-based revenues was a new idea at the time. Clare's mother and sisters later joined the order, and there are still thousands of members living lives of prayer in silence.

    Clare loved music and well-composed sermons. She was humble, merciful, charming, optimistic, and chivalrous. She would get up late at night to tuck in her sisters who'd kicked off their covers. She daily meditated on the Passion. When she learned of the Franciscan martyrs in Morrocco in 1221, she tried to go there to give her own life for God, but was restrained. Once when her convent was about to be attacked, she displayed the Sacrament in a monstrance at the convent gates, and prayed before it; the attackers left.

    Toward the end of her life, when the was too ill to attend Mass, an image of the service would display on the wall of her cell; thus her patronage of television. She was ever the close friend and spiritual student of Francis, who apparently led her soul into the light.

    16 July 1194 at Assisi, Italy

    11 August 1253 of natural causes

    26 September 1255 by Pope Alexander IV

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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