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 Later Admonition and Exhortation - 51 

ways in which you have cheated and deceived people?” 79“No,” he responds. 80“Why not?” the priest asks. “Because I have placed everything in the hands of my relatives and friends.” 81And the wretched man begins to lose his speech and so dies.

82But let everyone know that whenever and however someone dies in mortal sin without making amends when he could have [done so] and did not, the devil snatches his soul from his body with such anguish and distress that no one can know [what it is like] except the one experiencing it.

83And every talent and power and knowledge that he thought he had will be taken away from him. a 84And he leaves his relatives and friends and they take and divide his wealth and, afterwards, they say: “Let his soul be cursed because he could have given us more and acquired more than he distributed to us!” 85Worms eat his body and so he loses his body and soul in this brief world and goes to hell where he will be tortured without end.

86In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

87I, brother Francis, your lesser servant, with a wish to kiss your feet, beg and implore you in the love that is God, 1 Jn 4:16 to receive, to put into practice, and to observe, as you should, these words and the others of our Lord Jesus Christ with humility and love.b 88And may the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit bless all those men and women who receive them with kindness, understand them and send copies of them to others, if they have persevered to the end Mt 24:13 in them.

Amen.

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Epistola ad fideles (Recensio posterior), Fontes Franciscani, p. 85-86


78"Vis satisfacere de commissis et his quae fraudasti et decepisti homines sicut potes de tua substantia?" Respondet: "Non." 79Et sacerdos dicit: "Quare non?" 80"Quia omnia disposui in manibus propinquorum et amicorum." 81Et incipit perdere loquelam et sic moritur ille miser.

82Sed sciant omnes, quod ubicumque et qualitercumque homo moriatur in criminali peccato sine satisfactione et potest satisfacere et non satisfecit, diabolus rapit animam eius de corpore suo cum tanta angustia et tribulatione, quantam nullus scire potest, nisi qui recipit.

83Et omnia talenta et potestas et scientia, quam putabat habere, auferetur ab eo. 84Et propinquis et amicis relinquit, et ipsi tollent et divident substantiam eius et dicent postea: "Maledicta sit anima eius, quia potuit plus dare nobis et acquirere quam non acquisivit." 85Corpus comedunt vermes; et ita perdit corpus et animam in isto brevi saeculo et ibit in inferno, ubi cruciabitur sine fine.

86In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

87Ego frater Franciscus, minor servus vester, rogo et obsecro vos in caritate, quae Deus est, et cum voluntate osculandi vestros pedes, quod haec verba et alia Domini nostri Jesu Christi cum humilitate et caritate debeatis recipere et operari et observare. 88Et omnes illi et illae, qui ea benigne recipient, intelligent et mittent aliis in exemplum, et si in ea perseveraverint usque in finem, benedicat eis Pater et Filius et Spiritus Sanctus.

Amen.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 51

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