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good news he brought to him, and commending himself to him with devotion. Then Brother John fondly asked him to return and speak to him after death about his condition; and Brother James promised him this, if it pleased God. After these things were said and the hour of his passing neared, Brother James began to say devoutly this verse of the Psalm: "In pace in idipsum dormiam et requiescam," that is, "In peace in eternal life I will fall asleep and rest;" and after saying this verse, with a cheerful, joyous expression he passed from this life.

And after he was buried, Brother John returned to the place at Massa and waited for Brother James's promise, that he would return to him on the day he said. But on that day, while he was praying, Christ appeared to him with a great company of angels and saints, and Brother James was not among them; so Brother John, much surprised, devoutly commended him to Christ. Then, on the following day, when Brother John was praying in the woods at Massa, Brother James, all glorious and happy, appeared to him accompanied by the angels, and Brother John said to him: "Oh dearest Father, why didn't you return to me on the day you promised?" Brother James replied: "Because I needed some purification, but at the same hour that Christ appeared to you, and commended me to Him, Christ heard you and freed me from every punishment. And then I appeared to Brother James of Massa, a holy lay brother, who was serving Mass, and he saw the sacred host, when the priest raised it, changed and turned into a living and very handsome boy, and I said to him: 'Today I'm going with that boy to the kingdom of eternal life, to which no one can go without Him.' After saying these words Brother James disappeared and went to heaven with that whole blessed company of angels; and Brother John remained, greatly consoled.

That same Brother James of Fallerone died on the vigil of Saint James the Apostle in the month of July, in that same place at Mogliano, where after his death divine goodness, through his merits, performed many miracles.

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




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 654