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desolation than consolation because of the defects of human language, which cannot express clearly the secret mysteries of God. But you should know for certain that the King departed wonderfully consoled."

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

Chapter 35
HOW SAINT CLARE WHILE SHE WAS ILL WAS MIRACULOUSLY CARRIED TO THE CHURCH OF SAINT FRANCIS ON THE NIGHT OF THE FEAST OF CHRISTMAS AND HEARD THE OFFICE THERE

Once Saint Clare was seriously ill, so that she could not go to say the Office in church with the other nuns. When the solemnity of the Nativity of Christ arrived, all the others went to matins, and she remained in bed, unhappy that she could not go together with the others to have that spiritual consolation. But Jesus Christ, her spouse, not wishing to leave her this way without consolation, had her miraculously carried to the Church of Saint Francis to be present for the whole Office of matins and the night Mass, and besides this, to receive Holy Communion, and then had her carried back to her bed.

When the Office in San Damiano was finished and the nuns returned to Saint Clare, they said to her: "O Sister Clare, our Mother, what great consolation we've had on this Holy Nativity! If only it pleased God that you could have been with us!" And Saint Clare replied: "My sisters and dearest daughters, I give thanks and praise to Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ, because I have been present at all the solemnities of this holy night, and at greater ones than you have been, with much consolation to my soul, for by the intercession of my father Saint Francis and by the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with the ears of my body and spirit I heard the whole Office and the music of the organ there and in that very place I received Holy Communion. Therefore, rejoice and thank God for such grace shown to me."

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

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