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the first bottle was empty, the Blessed Virgin took the second, and put the spoon in it to give him some, but he complained sweetly, saying: "O most blessed Mother of God, if my soul almost entirely melted away at the fragrance and sweetness of the first elixir, how can I bear the second? I beg you, O blessed above all the saints and all the angels, not to give me any more." The glorious lady replied: "My son, taste just a little from this second bottle." After she gave him a little, she said to him: "You've had enough for today. Be comforted, my son, because I will soon return for you and lead you into the kingdom of my Son, which you have always desired and sought." Having said this, bidding him farewell, she departed; and he remained so consoled and comforted by the sweetness of that mixture that he lived for several days, feeling full and strong, without any bodily food. And after some days, while joyfully speaking with the brothers, with great gladness and jubilation he passed from this miserable life.

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

Chapter 48
HOW BROTHER JAMES OF MASSA SAW IN A VISION ALL THE LESSER BROTHERS OF THE WORLD IN THE VISION OF A TREE AND KNEW THE VIRTUES AND THE MERITS AND THE VICES OF EACH ONE

Brother James of Massa, to whom God opened the door of His secrets and gave perfect knowledge and understanding of Holy Scripture and future events, was a man of such holiness that Brother Giles of Assisi and Brother Marco of Montino and Brother Juniper and Brother Lucido said that they knew no one in the world greater before God than this Brother James.

I had a great desire to see him, because while I was asking Brother John, companion of that same Brother Giles, to explain to me certain things of the spirit, he said to me: "If you want to be well instructed in the spiritual life, try to talk to Brother James of Massa, because Brother Giles desired to be enlightened by him, and nothing can be added or subtracted from his words, since his spirit has passed through heavenly secrets, and his words are the words of the Holy Spirit, and there is no man on earth whom I so desire to see." This Brother James, at the beginning of the ministry of Brother John of

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