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the same. Although for the brothers and many others your death will mean great grief and sorrow, for you it will rather be a great consolation and infinite joy. You will pass from great toil to the greatest rest, from many sorrows and temptations to infinite happiness, from your great poverty, which you always loved and carried from the beginning of your conversion till the day of your death, to the greatest, true, and infinite riches, from death in time to life in eternity. There you will forever behold face to face the Lord your God whom you have contemplated in this world with so much desire and love."

After saying these things he said to him openly: "Father, you should know the truth: unless the Lord sends his own remedy from heaven to your body, your sickness is incurable and, as the doctors already said, you do not have long to live. I told you this to comfort your spirit, that you may always rejoice in the Lord, inside and out; especially so that your brothers and others who come to visit you may find you rejoicing in the Lord, since they know and believe that you will die soon. Thus, as they see this and, after your death, others hear about it, your death, like your life and manner of living, may be held in remembrance by all."

Although racked with sickness, blessed Francis praised God with great fervor of spirit and joy of body and soul, and told him: "If I am to die soon, call Brother Angelo and Brother Leo that they may sing to me about Sister Death."

Those brothers came to him and, with many tears, sang the Canticle of Brother Sun and the other creatures of the Lord, which the Saint himself had composed in his illness for the praise of the Lord and the consolation of his own soul and that of others. Before the last stanza he added one about Sister Death:

"Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death,

from whom no one living can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
Blessed are those whom death will find in Your most holy will, for the second death shall do them no harm."

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[LADY JACOBA, INSPIRED IN PRAYER, COMES FROM ROME
TO PROVIDE FOR HIS BURIAL]

One day blessed Francis called his companions to himself: "You know how faithful and devoted Lady Jacoba dei Settesoli was and is to me and to our religion. Therefore I believe she would consider it a

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et illud idem erit mors tua; 2quoniam, licet fratribus tuis et quamplurimis aliis, tua mors sit dolor et tristitia magna, tibi tamen erit consolatio maxima et gaudium infinitum, 3quia transibis de multo labore ad maximam requiem, de multis doloribus et temptationibus ad gaudium infinitum, de magna paupertate tua, quam semper dilexisti et portasti voluntarie ab initio conversionis tue usque ad diem mortis, ad maximas et veras et infinitas divitias, de morte temporali ad vitam sempiternam, 4ubi videbis semper Dominum Deum tuum facie ad faciem, quem tanto fervore, desiderio et amore in hoc seculo contemplatus es ».

5Et hiis dictis dixit ei manifeste: « Pater, scias in veritate quod, nisi de celo Dominus suam medicinam mitteret corpori tuo, tua infirmitas est incurabilis, et parum vivere debes, sicut et medici iam dixerunt. 6Hoc autem dixi ad confortandum spiritum tuum, ut gauderes semper in Domino interius et exterius, maxime ut fratres tui et alii, qui veniunt ad te visitandum, inveniant te gaudentem in Domino, 7quoniam sciunt et credunt te cito mori, ut ipsis hoc videntibus et aliis qui audierint, post mortem tuam, sit in memoriale tua mors, quomodo omnibus extitit vita et conversatio tua ».

8Beatus Franciscus , licet infirmitatibus esset plurimum pregravatus, cum magno fervore spiritus et letitia utriusque hominis laudavit Dominum dixitque illi: 9 « Ergo si cito debeo mori, vocate michi fratrem Angelum et fratrem Leonem, ut cantent michi de sorore morte ».

10Iverunt fratres illi coram ipso et cum multis lacrimis cantaverunt Canticum fratris Solis et aliarum creaturarum Domini, et quod fecit ipse sanctus in infirmitate sua ad laudem Domini et ad consolationem anime sue et aliorum, 11in quo cantu ante versum ultimum posuit versum de sorore morte, videlicet: 12Laudato sie mio Segnore, per sora nostra morte corporale, dalla quale nullomo vivente po scampare. 13Guai ad quilli ke morirà neli peccati mortali. 14Biati quilli ke troverà neli toi sanctissime volontade ke lla morte second[a] noli farà male.

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1Quadam die beatus Franciscus vocavit ad se socios suos: « Vos scitis quemadmodum domina Iacoba de Septem soliis, michi et nostre Religioni extitit et est fidelis plurimum et devota; 2quapropter, ut credo, si significaveritis ei statum meum, pro magna gratia et consolatione habebit;

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 121

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