The Deeds of Blessed Francis & His Companions (1328-1337) - 534 

according to the order of God." And from then on he was reassured and very greatly consoled regarding the doubt which he had.

When the brothers were singing the Salve Regina in the evening, Saint Lawrence again appeared to Brother John in the form of a young man dressed in a red dalmatic and carrying an iron grill. He said: "This grill has done me a favor in heaven, and the pain from the burning coals gave me the fullness of God's sweetness."a Then he added: "If you wish to have the glory and sweetness of God, patiently endure the suffering and bitterness of the world."

Blessed Lawrence remained visible to him until that antiphon ended. Afterwards the brothers went to rest, but he remained in the choir with Saint Lawrence. Then after assuring and consoling him, Saint Lawrence disappeared, and left him in such divine love and sweetness that for the whole night of that feast he did not sleep, but passed the night in wonderful consolation.

When this same Brother John was once celebrating Mass with the greatest devotion and after the host had been consecrated, the appearance of bread totally disappeared before his eyes, and in a blink of an eye Christ appeared there, with a very beautiful beard and clothed in a red robe. Christ gave him such sweet consolation that, if he had not remained aware of himself, he would have been rapt into ecstasy. In that vision he was assured that because of that Mass God was reconciled with the whole world and especially with those commended to Him.

To the praise of Christ.
Amen.

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WHILE CELEBRATING MASS FOR THE DEAD, BROTHER JOHN SEES SOULS FREED FROM PURGATORYb

1 When Brother John was celebrating Mass on the commemoration of all the dead,c he offered this most high Sacrament, whose efficacy the souls of the dead desire above all, with such emotions of love and tender compassion that he was totally dissolved in this sweetness of piety and honey-sweet brotherly love.

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