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 A Mirror of the Perfection (The Sabatier Edition, 1928) - 346 

standing up to pray, in order to stifle the devotion and joy of my heart so that, through this, I would complain about my sickness."

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THE GRAVE TEMPTATION HE ENDURED FOR TWO YEARS

When he was staying in the place of Saint Mary, a very serious temptation of the spirit afflicted him for the benefit of his soul. He was so tormented, in mind and in body, that he frequently withdrew from the company of the brothers, because he was unable to be his usual cheerful self. Nevertheless, he inflicted upon himself not only abstinence from food and drink, but also from talking. He prayed more earnestly and poured out his tears more abundantly, so that the Lord would be kind enough to send him sufficient help for this great trial.

He was troubled in this way for more than two years. One day while he was praying in the church of Saint Mary, he happened to hear in spirit that saying of the holy Gospel: "If you have faith like a mustard seed, and you tell that mountain to move from its place and move to another place, it will happen." Saint Francis immediately replied: "Lord, what is that mountain?" He was told: "That mountain is your temptation." "In that case, Lord," said blessed Francis, "be it done to me as you have said." Immediately he was completely freed in such a way that it seemed to him that he never had that temptation.

Likewise, at the time he received on his body the stigmata of the Lord on the holy mountain of La Verna, he suffered so many temptations and afflictions from the devil that he was unable to appear his former joyful self. He said to his companion: "If the brothers knew how many trials and how great are the afflictions the demons cause me, there would not be one of them who would not be moved to piety and compassion for me."

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THE TEMPTATION INFLICTED ON HIM BY MICE AND HOW THE LORD COMFORTED HIM, ASSURING HIM OF HIS KINGDOM

Two years before his death, while he was staying at San Damiano in a little cell made of mats, he suffered intensely from the disease of his eyes. For more than fifty days, he was unable to bear daylight nor even the light of a fire.a

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Speculum Perfectionis, Fontes Franciscani, p.


Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 346

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