The Little Flowers of Saint Francis (after 1337) - 652 

And from then on, from his mouth, which had drunk from the fountain of divine wisdom in the Lord's sacred breast, there came forth wonderful, heavenly words that produced great fruit in the souls of his listeners. And on the path in the woods, on which the blessed feet of Christ had stood, and in a wide area around there, when he walked there long afterward Brother John always smelled that fragrance and saw that brightness.

As Brother John returned to himself after that rapture, and the bodily presence of Christ disappeared, he remained so enlightened in his soul, in the abyss of His divinity that, though he was not educated through human study, nevertheless he marvelously resolved and explained the most subtle questions of the divine Trinity and the deep mysteries of Holy Scripture. And later he often spoke before popes and cardinals and kings and barons and masters and doctors, and he left all of them in great surprise because of the high words and deep statements that he said.

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

Chapter 50
HOW BROTHER JOHN OF LA VERNA, WHILE SAYING MASS ON THE DAY OF THE DEAD, SAW MANY SOULS FREED FROM PURGATORY

Once, while the same Brother John was saying Mass the day after All Saints for all the souls of the dead, as the Church required, he offered that most high Sacrament (which because of its efficacy, the souls of the dead desire above all the other good things which above all can be done for them) with such charity and feelings of compassion that he seemed as if completely melted by the sweetness of pity and fraternal charity. Therefore, in that Mass as he devoutly raised the Body of Christ and offered it to God the Father, he prayed that for love of His blessed Son Jesus Christ, who was hung on the Cross to redeem souls, He should be pleased to free from the sufferings of Purgatory the souls of the dead, created and redeemed by Him. Then he immediately saw an almost infinite number of souls leave Purgatory, like innumerable sparks of fire from a lighted furnace, and he saw them rise into heaven through the merits of the Passion of Christ, Who is offered daily for the living and the dead in that most sacred host, worthy of adoration forever.

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