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his blasphemies against God. For about fifteen days this amazing wailing continued, breaking out from the depths of his heart as he constantly begged for the mercy of God and nothing else. With these tears and remorse he confessed all his sins to a priest.

23 Blessed Francis, seeing such an evident miracle, gave thanks to God and then went away from there to a remote area, for if this miracle became known to the people, everyone would come running to him. This was something that the saint avoided by every possible means. For, as a faithful and prudent servant, Mt 24:45 he strove to return honor and glory to God and among people to reserve shame and dishonor for himself.

25 After his miraculous healing and the remorse it provoked, the leper became ill and, after a few days, provided with the sacraments of the Church, he came to his end in the Lord. Saint Francis was praying in a remote place in the woods when the deceased leper appeared to him, shining more brightly than the sun and uplifted in the air, and said: "Do you recognize me?" Saint Francis asked: "Who are you?" He answered: "I am the leper the blessed Christ cured because of your merits. Today I'm going to the blessed kingdom, for which I give thanks to God and to you. Blessed be your soul and your body; blessed be your words and deeds, because through you many souls in the world are being saved and will be saved. Know that there is not a single day when the holy angels and all the saints, men and women, do not give great thanks to God for the holy fruit that is being produced by you and your Order throughout the world. For this reason be comforted, give thanks to God and remain with the blessing of God." Having said this, he went on to the Lord, and Saint Francis remained very consoled.

To the praise of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

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THROUGH BLESSED FRANCIS ROBBERS ARE CONVERTED, ENTER THE ORDER, AND LIVE VERY HOLY LIVES

1 Our blessed Father Francis, wishing to lead everyone to salvation, traveled around the world through various regions; and wherever he was traveling, since he was led by the divine Spirit, he kept building a new family for the Lord. He was like a chosen vessel of the Lord, pouring out the balm of grace. He went into Slavonia, the March of Treviso, the March of Ancona, Apulia, Saracen lands, and

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