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 A Mirror of the Perfection (The Sabatier Edition, 1928) - 370 

and joined with my Lord, that, through His mercy, I can well rejoice in the Most High Himself."

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HOW HE PERSUADED A DOCTOR TO TELL HIM HOW LONG HE HAD TO LIVE

During those days, a doctor from the city of Arezzo, named Good John, who was very familiar to blessed Francis, came to visit him in the bishop's palace. Blessed Francis asked him saying: "How does my illness of dropsy seem to you, Brother John?" He did not want to call him by his proper name because he never addressed anyone called "Good," out of reverence for the Lord, who said: No one is good but God alone. Lk 18:19 Likewise, he did not want to call anyone "father" or "master," nor write them in letters, out of reverence for the Lord, who said: Call no one on earth your father nor be called masters, etc.

The doctor said to him: "Brother, by the grace of the Lord, it will be well with you."

Again blessed Francis said to him: "Tell me the truth. How does it look to you? Do not be afraid, for, by the grace of God, I am not a coward who fears death. For, with the grace and help of the Holy Spirit, I am so united and joined with my Lord that I am equally as happy to die as I am to live."

The doctor then told him frankly: "According to our assessment, your illness is incurable and I believe that you will die either at the end of September or on the fourth day before the Nones of October.a Then Blessed Francis, lying on his bed sick, with the greatest devotion and reverence stretched out his hands to the Lord and, with great joy of mind and body, said: "Welcome, my Sister Death!"

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HOW, AS SOON AS HE HEARD THAT DEATH WAS IMMINENT, HE HAD THE PRAISES THAT HE COMPOSED, SUNG

After this a brother said to him: "Father, your life and manner of living have been and are a light and a mirror not only for your brothers but also for the entire Church, and your death will be the same. Although for the brothers and many others your death will be reason for great grief and sorrow, for you it will rather be a consolation and an infinite joy. You will pass from great toil to the greatest rest, from many sorrows and temptations to eternal peace, from the earthly

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Speculum Perfectionis, Fontes Franciscani, p.


Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 370

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