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our own fault and ignorance, 75or that we do a great wrong to so great a Lord and His Virgin Mother, and our blessed father Fran- cis, the Church Triumphant and even the Church Militant. 76For it is written: “Those who turn away from your commands are cursed.

77For this reason, I bend my knee to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ so that, through the prayers and merits of the glorious and holy Virgin Mary, His Mother, and of our most blessed father Francis and of all the saints, 78the Lord Himself, Who has given a good beginning, may give the increase and may also give final persever- ance. Amen.

79So that it may be better observed, I leave you this writing, my very dear and beloved sisters, present and to come, as a sign of the blessing of the Lord and of our most blessed father Francis, and of my blessing, your mother and handmaid.

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Epistola Ad Sanctam Agnetem De Praga III, Fontes Franciscani, p. 2319


74Caveamus ergo, quia si per viam Domini intravimus, quod culpa nostra et ignorantia aliquo tempore ab ipsa nullatenus declinemus, 75ne tanto Domino et suae virgini Matri et patri nostro beato Francisco, Ecelesiae triumphanti et etiam militanti iniuriam deferamus. 76Scriptum est enim: Maledicti qui declinant a mandatis tuis!

77Huius rei gratia flecto genua mea ad Patrem Domini nostri Iesu Christi, suffragantibus meritis gloriosae virginis sanctae Mariae matris eius et beatissimi patris nostri Francisci et omnium Sanctorum, 78ut ipse Dominus, qui dedit bonum principium, det incrementum, det etiam finalem perseverantiam. Amen.

79Hoc scriptum, ut melius debeat observari, relinquo vobis carissimis et dilectis sororibus meis praesentibus et venturis, in signum benedictionis Domini et beatissimi patris nostri Francisci et benedicitionis meae, matris et ancillae vestrae.

Explicit Testamentum beatae Clarae virginis.

Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 65

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