A Mirror of the Perfection (The Sabatier Edition, 1928) - 337 

One of the brothers kept a piece of that bread, and after the death of blessed Francis many sick people who tasted it were immediately freed from their illnesses.

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HOW HE FEARED THAT THE BROTHERS WOULD BE PERTURBED BECAUSE OF HIS ILLNESS

When he was not able to rest because of the pains of his illness, he saw the brothers were greatly distressed and worn out on account of him. Since he loved the brothers more than his own body, he began to fear that the brothers, worn out by their efforts on his behalf, might commit some small offense of impatience against God because of him.

This is why he once told his companions with piety and compassion: "My dearest brothers and sons, do not grow weary because of your care for me in my illness. The Lord, on my behalf, His little servant, will return to you, in this world and the next, all the fruit of the good work that you are unable to do because of your care for me in my illness. In fact, you will obtain an even greater profit than if you had labored for yourselves. For, whoever assists me, helps the whole religion and the life of the brothers. You should even tell me: 'We're paying your expenses, but the Lord, on your behalf, will be our debtor.' "

The holy father spoke in this way because, motivated by great zeal for the perfection of their souls, he wanted to help them and lift them up in their faint-heartedness. He was apprehensive that, stressed because of their work, they would say: "We can't pray and we can't put up with all this work." And thus they would become weary and impatient, and thus lose the great fruit of their meager labor.

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HOW HE ADMONISHED THE SISTERS OF SAINT CLARE

Blessed Francis, after he composed the Praises of the Lord for his creatures, also composed some holy words with chant for the greater consolation and edification of the Poor Ladies, realizing how much his illness troubled them.

And since he was unable to visit them personally, he sent those words to them by his companions. In these words, he wanted to reveal his will to them, how they should live and conduct themselves

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 337

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