A Mirror of the Perfection (The Sabatier Edition, 1928) - 340 

crying and bewailing the Passion of my Lord." At this, the man began to weep and cry aloud together with him.

We knew this man and learned this from him. He also displayed great comfort and compassion to blessed Francis and to us, his companions.

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HOW EXTERNAL SOLACE SOMETIMES TURNED TO TEARS AND COMPASSION OF CHRIST

Intoxicated by love and compassion for Christ, blessed Francis sometimes did this: a sweet melody of the spirit bubbling up inside him would frequently become on the outside a French tune; the thread of a divine whisper which his ears heard secretly Jb 4:12 would break out in a French song.

Other times, picking up a stick from the ground and putting it over his left arm, he would draw another stick across it with his right hand like a bow on a viola or some other instrument. Performing all the right movements, he would sing in French about the Lord Jesus.

All of this dancing often ended in tears, and the cry of joy dissolved into compassion for Christ's suffering. Then he would sigh without stopping and sob without ceasing. Forgetful of what he was holding in his hands, he was caught up to heaven.

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