Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi

“All praise be yours, my Lord, through Sister Death,
            From whose embrace no mortal can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin!
            Happy those She finds doing your will!
            The second death can do no harm to them.
Praise and bless my Lord, and give him thanks,
            And serve him with great humility.”
                                                (The Canticle of Brother Sun – St. Francis of Assisi)

“and may whoever observes all this be filled in heaven with the blessing of the most high Father, and on earth with that of his beloved Son, together with the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, and all the powers of heaven and all the saints.  And I, Brother Francis, your poor worthless servant, add my share internally and externally to that most holy blessing.  Amen.”    (Conclusion of the Testament of St. Francis of Assisi)

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