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dark before, now shining bright white promised the rewards of the blessed resurrection.

Finally, his limbs had become soft and pliable; not rigid, as usual with the dead, but changed to be like those of a boy.

Chapter CLXIV
THE VISION BROTHER AUGUSTINE SAW AS HE WAS DYING

218At that time the minister of the brothers of Terra di Lavoro was Brother Augustine. He was in his last hour, and had already for some time lost his speech when, in the hearing of those who were standing by, he suddenly cried out and said: "Wait for me, father, wait! Look, I'm coming with you!" The amazed brothers asked him to whom he was speaking, and he responded boldly: "Don't you see our father Francis going to heaven?" And immediately his holy soul, released from the flesh, followed his most holy father.

Chapter CLXV
HOW THE HOLY FATHER APPEARED TO A BROTHER AFTER HIS PASSING

219At the very same hour that evening the glorious father appeared to another brother of praiseworthy life, who was at that moment absorbed in prayer. He appeared to him clothed in a purple dalmatica and followed by an innumerable crowd of people. Several separated themselves from the crowd and said to that brother: "Is this not Christ, brother?" And he replied: "It is he." Others asked him again, saying: "Isn't this Saint Francis?" And the brother likewise replied that it was he. For it really seemed to that brother, and to the whole crowd, as if Christ and Saint Francis were one person.

And this will not seem at all like a rash statement to those who rightly understand it, for whoever clings to God, becomes one spirit with Him, and that God will be all in all. 1 Cor 12:6

Finally the blessed father and the crowd arrived at a very beautiful place, watered with the clearest waters, flourishing with the beauty of flowers and full of every delightful sort of tree. There, too, was a palace of amazing size and singular beauty. The new inhabitant of heaven entered it eagerly. He found inside many brothers sitting at a splendidly set table loaded with various delicacies and with them he delightfully began to feast.

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