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[HE BLESSES ASSISI AS HE IS BEING CARRIED
TO SAINT MARY OF THE PORTIUNCULA]

While he was staying in that palace, blessed Francis, realizing that he was getting sicker by the day, had himself carried on a litter to the church of Saint Mary of the Portiuncula, since he could not ride horseback because of his severe illness. When those who were carrying him passed by the hospital along the road, he asked them to place the litter on the ground. Since he could hardly see because of the serious and prolonged eye-disease, he had the litter turned so that he would face the city of Assisi. Raising himself up slightly on the litter, he blessed the city of Assisi. "Lord," he said, "just as I believe that at an earlier time this city was the abode of wicked and evil men, with a bad reputation throughout all this region; so now I realize that, because of Your abundant mercy and in Your own time, You have shown an abundance of mercies to it. Now it has become the abode of those who acknowledge You, give glory to Your name, offer the fragrance of good life, doctrine, and good reputation to the whole Christian people. I ask you, therefore, Lord Jesus Christ, Father of mercies, not to consider our ingratitude. May it always be mindful of the abundant mercies which You have shown to it, that it always be an abode for those who acknowledge You, and glorify Your name blessed and glorious throughout the ages. Amen."

After saying these things, he was carried to Saint Mary of the Portiuncula.

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[AT THE NEWS OF HIS COMING DEATH
HE HAS THE BROTHERS SING THE CANTICLE OF BROTHER SUN,
WITH A NEW VERSE FOR SISTER DEATH]

From the time of his conversion till the day of his death, blessed Francis, whether healthy or sick, was always concerned to know and follow the will of the Lord.

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One day a brother said to blessed Francis: "Father, your life and manner of living were and are a light and a mirror not only for your brothers but also for the entire Church of God, and your death will be

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Compilatio Assisiensis, Fontes Franciscani, p. 1473-1475


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1Videns beatus Franciscus dum in eodem palatio maneret, quod cotidie magis gravaretur infirmitate, fecit se portari lecto apud ecclesiam Sancte Marie de Portiuncula, quoniam equitare non poterat propter gravamen sue gravissime infirmitatis. 2Cumque qui portabant euin transirent per viam iuxta hospitale, dixit illis ut ponerent lectum in terra. 3Et quia propter maximam et longam infirmitatem oculorum quasi videre non poterat, fecit verti lectum, ut teneret faciem versus civitatem Assisii. 4Et erigens se parum in lecto benedixit civitatem Assisii, dicens: « Domine, sicut credo quod civitas antiquo tempore fuerit locus et habitatio malorum et iniquorum hominum et inique fame omnibus hiis provinciis, 5sic video, propter abundantem misericordiam tuam, tempore quo placuit tibi, ostendisti multitudinem miserationum tuarum in ea, ut esset locus et habitatio illorum, qui te cognoscerent et darent gloriam nomini tuo et odorem bone vite et doctrine et bone fame omni populo christiano. 6Rogo ergo te, Domine Iesu Christe, Pater misericordiarum, ut non consideres ingratitudinem nostram, sed recordare semper habundantis misericordie tue, quam ostendisti in ea, ut semper sit locus et habitatio illorum qui te cognoscant et glorificent nomen tuum benedictum et gloriosum in secula seculorum. Amen ».

7Et hiis dictis, deportatus fuit ad sanctam Mariam de Portiuncula.

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1Beatus Franciscus a tempore sue conversionis usque ad diem mortis semper sollicitus fuit tempore sanitatis et infirmitatis cognoscere et sequi voluntatem Domini.

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1Quadam die dixit quidam frater beato Francisco: « Pater, vita et conversatio tua extitit et est lumen et speculum non solum fratribus tuis, sed universali ecclesie Dei, et illud idem erit mors tua;

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 120

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