The Little Flowers of Saint Francis (after 1337) - 578 

Brother Bernard, sursum corda!" And the holy Brother Bernard secretly told a brother to prepare for Brother Giles a place suitable for contemplation, and so it was done. As Brother Bernard was at the last hour of death, he had himself raised, and spoke to the brothers in front of him, saying: "Dearest brothers, I don't want to say many words to you, but you must consider that the state of the religion that I have had, you have; and what I have now, you will also have. And I know this in my soul: even for a thousand worlds equal to this one I would not wish to have served another lord besides our Lord Jesus Christ. And for every offense I have done, I accuse myself and declare myself at fault, to my Savior Jesus Christ and to you." And after these words and other good instructions, he lay down again on the bed, and his face became radiant and happy beyond measure, and all the brothers marveled greatly at this. And in that joy his most holy soul, crowned with glory, passed from the present life to the blessed life of the Angels.

To the praise of Jesus Christ and the little poor man Francis.
Amen.

Chapter 7
HOW SAINT FRANCIS MADE A LENT ON AN ISLAND IN THE LAKE OF PERUGIA WHERE HE FASTED FORTY DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS AND ATE NOTHING BUT HALF A LOAF OF BREAD

The true servant of Christ, Saint Francis, was in certain things like another Christ given to the world for the people's salvation. So God the Father willed to make him in many of his actions conformed and similar to His Son, Jesus Christ. This is shown to us in the venerable company of the twelve companions and in the wondrous mystery of the sacred Stigmata and in the unbroken fast of the holy Lent which he made in the following way.

Once Saint Francis was alongside the Lake of Perugia on the day of Carnival, at the house of a man devoted to him, where he was lodged for the night. He was inspired by God to go to make that Lent on an island in the lake. So Saint Francis asked this devout man that, for love of Christ, he carry him with his little boat to an island of the lake where no one lived, and that he do this on the night of the Day of the Ashes, so that no one would notice. And this man, out of love—from the great devotion he had for Saint Francis—promptly

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 578

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