Every little girl has, at some point in her life, dreamed of being a princess. But have you ever known of a princess who dreamed of being poor? Well I have! Her name is St Anežka of Bohemia, better known as Agnes of Prague, and her feast day is on the 19th January. It is my great honour to tell you about this beautiful saint, who happens to be my namesake and patron saint.
St Anežka was a princess who lived in the 1200’s. She had everything she wanted or needed and it was arranged for her to marry the Emperor and become the most important, powerful and well known woman in the world, but she wanted none of it.
Anežka instead dreamed of being a Poor Clare. She wanted to follow in the footsteps of the great Lamb of God, Jesus, who gave up His royal throne in heaven to become a humble babe in Bethlehem. Anežka followed her dreams, she sold everything she had, which included gold mines and castles and went off to become a Poor Clare nun in Prague.
What St Anežka of Bohemia teaches us is that we all need to follow our dreams. I remember when I first read the letters St Clare wrote to St Anežka, I was filled with wonder and wanted to be just like her, little knowing that my dream would come true and that one day I would even be named after this great saint.
Do you have dreams? Maybe you wish to be a Vet or a Doctor or do some great deed for the world? You might even dream of being a saint. Well St Anežka shows us that we shouldn’t give up on our dreams and that if we pray and work hard we can achieve anything with the help of God. Nothing, and I repeat, nothing, is impossible with God. Maybe today you should think about those great dreams you have, you might like to pray to St Anežka and ask her to help you to stay strong and on course. Our great Lamb of God, had the biggest dream of all, Jesus dreamt of taking us all to heaven. Pray to Jesus today, so that we all can achieve our dreams and His too. And remember we are praying for you. Sr Anežka.
If you are interested in St Clare’s letters to St Anežka why don’t you check out the 1st letter on Kid’s Cloister?