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said: "O holy Father, what great profit I received from that! I ask you to say them again for me." After he prayed a second time, the soul said: "Holy Father, while you are praying, I am totally relieved, so I ask you not to stop praying." Brother Conrad, realizing that this soul was being helped by his prayers, said one hundred Our Fathers for him.

13 When he finished praying, the soul said: "On the part of our Lord Jesus Christ, I thank you. Out of His love may He give you an eternal reward, because due to your prayer I have been liberated from all punishment and I am now going to the glory of paradise." After he said this he passed on to the Lord. In order to bring joy to the brothers, Brother Conrad related everything that had gone before during the night, and as a result he and the others were consoled very much.

To the praise and glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

XLVII
A GREAT TYRANT SEES A BROTHER ELEVATED THREE TIMES, IS CONVERTED, AND BECOMES A LESSER BROTHERa

1 The following was a most evident sign that the Order of blessed Francis was founded by God, because as soon as it began to increase in number, it spread almost to the ends of the earth. Therefore, Saint Francis, striving to conform himself in all things to Christ, sent his brothers two by two to preach throughout every region. And the Lord did such wonders through them that it was as if through all the earth their voice resounded, and to the ends of the world, their message.

4 It happened once that two of these new disciples of their blessed Father traveled to an unknown land and came to a castle filled with very evil men.b In this castle there was a great tyrant who was very cruel and irreligious, and was a kind of head and leader of all those very evil men and thieves. He was, however, noble by birth, though very evil and ignoble in behavior. When in their simplicity these two brothers arrived like sheep among wolves at the castle in the evening,

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