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devoutly crying and embracing them in such a way that the brothers were not able to tear her away from the feet of the saint. Finally, when she was taken aside and asked how she had come so well-prepared, she responded that when she was praying in Rome during the night, she heard a voice from heaven saying: "If you wish to find Brother Francis alive, go to Assisi right now, without delay, and take with you those things which you used to give him when he was sick, and also whatever will be needed for the burial."

30 Lady Jacoba stayed until Saint Francis passed away, and she showed his body amazing honor. Some time later she came to Assisi out of devotion for Saint Francis, and ended her days there in holy penance and virtuous living, and arranged that she be buried in the Church of Saint Francis.a

Amen.

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CHRIST AND THE BLESSED VIRGIN, SAINTS JOHN THE BAPTIST AND THE EVANGELIST WITH A MULTITUDE OF ANGELS SPEAK WITH BLESSED FRANCIS

1 While Saint Francis was living, a boy marked by dove-like purity and angelic innocence was received into the Order, and was staying in a small place where the brothers, lacking everything, slept in a field for a bed. Saint Francis came to this small place. In the evening after compline was said, he appeared to go to bed before the others, so that afterward—as he often used to do—he might get up at night when the others were asleep. The boy, however, had put it into his heart to examine carefully where the saint went or what he did at night when he got up. To make sure that sleep would not cheat him, he put himself to bed next to Saint Francis and tied his little cord to the saint's cord, so that he would be able to tell when the saint got up, but in such a way that Saint Francis would not notice the cords had been tied.

5 Saint Francis got up when all the others were sound asleep. Feeling his cord caught, he untied it from the boy's cord so cautiously that the boy felt nothing. He went to pray alone on a hill near the place where there were beautiful woods. But the boy woke up;

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