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 A Mirror of the Perfection (The Sabatier Edition, 1928) - 372 

the serious and prolonged eye disease, he had the litter turned so that he would face the city of Assisi.

Raising himself up slightly on the litter, he blessed this city. "Lord," he said, "just as, at an earlier time, this ancient city was, I believe, the place and abode of wicked and evil men, now I realize that, because of Your abundant mercy Ps 51:3 [Vulgate, Ps 50:3] and in Your own time, You have singularly shown an abundance of Your mercies to it. Solely on account of your goodness, you have chosen it for Yourself so that it may become the place and abode of those who, in truth, acknowledge You, give glory to Your name, exude the fragrance of a holy life, of the truest doctrine, of a good reputation, and of evangelical perfection to the whole Christian people. I ask you, therefore, Lord Jesus Christ, Father of mercies, not to consider our ingratitude. Be mindful of Your most abundant piety which You have shown to it, that it always be an abode for those who truly acknowledge You, and glorify Your name blessed and most glorious forever and ever. Amen." Rom 1:25

After saying these things, he was carried to Saint Mary where, having completed the fortieth year of his life, the twentieth year of perfect penance, in the year of the Lord one thousand, two hundred and twenty-six, on the fourth day before the Nones of October, he passed to the Lord Jesus Christ Whom he loved with his whole heart, with his whole mind, with his whole soul, Mt 22:37 and with all his strength, with a most burning desire, and with the fullness of affection, following Him most perfectly, hastening swiftly after Him, and, at last, attaining Him most gloriously, Who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.

Here ends the Mirror of Perfection of the statusa of a Lesser Brother, in which is mirrored most sufficiently the perfection of his vocation and profession.

All praise and glory to God the Father,
and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Let honor and gratitude be given
to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Let grandeur and exaltation be given
her most blessed servant, Francis.
Alleluia! Amen

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Speculum Perfectionis, Fontes Franciscani, p.


Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 372

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