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virgin that there was no way for him to enter to [go to] the tomb. 9He placed a stone under his head and, with great faith, yet sorrowing that he wasn't able to enter, he caught some sleep before the gates. 10And, behold, a third time the voice said to him: "The Lord will bless you, Iacobe, if you can enter." 11Waking up, therefore, he begged the crowds with tears [in his eyes], shouting and repeating his requests, for the love of God to let him through. 12Once a way was given to him, he threw off his shoes, took off his clothes, tied a shoelace around his neck, and so, humbly touched her tomb, and fell into a light sleep. 13"Get up!" the blessed Clare said to him. "Get up, because you have been freed!"

14Getting up at once, since his blindness totally disappeared and all the emptiness of his eyes had dissipated, he clearly saw the clearness of light through Clare. 15He glorified Clare through his praise and invited all peoples to bless God for the wonder of such marvels.

The Restoration of a Lost Hand [Chapter XXXVII]

54. 1A certain man from Perugia, Bongiovanni Martini, had gone off with his countrymen against the people of Foligno.a 2A confrontation had barely begun when a heavy rock was thrown at him, and shattered his hand with its hard impact. 3He spent a great deal of money on doctors, loving to have a cure, 4but he could not be helped by any medical advice so that he carried a hand about that was useless and completely incapable of any work. 5Distressed, therefore, that he had to carry the weight of his right hand as though it were not his own because he didn't have the use of it, he frequently wished that it had been amputated.

6But hearing what the Lord was pleased to reveal through His servant Clare, after making a vow, 7he hurried off to the burial place of the virgin, offered a wax image of his hand, and lay down before the tomb of Saint Clare.b 8Immediately, even before leaving the church, his hand was restored to health.




Legenda Sanctae Clarae, Fontes Franciscani, p. 2445-2446

8Perveniens autem Assisium, tantas ante Virginis mausoleum gentium concurrentium reperit turbas, ut ipse intrare nullatenus posset ad tumbam. 9Supponit lapidem capiti suo, et cum fide magna, dolens tamen, quod introitum habere non posset, somnum capit prae foribus. 10Et ecce, tertio vox ad eum: Benefaciet tibi Dominus, Iacobe, si poteris introire. 11Evigilans ergo rogat, cum lacrymis turbas, clamans et preces ingeminans ut ei propter divinam pietatem viam praestare dignentur. 12Data sibi via, calceamenta proijcit, vestes exuit, collum corrigia cingit, et sic humiliter sepulcrum contingens, lentum somnum incurrit. 13Surge, inquit ei beata Clara, surge, quia liberatus es.

14Extemplo surgens, omni caecitate discussa, omni oculorum caligine relegata dum clare per Claram videt luminis claritatem, Deum laudando clarificat, et pro tanti mirificentia operis ad benedicendum Deum omnes gentes invitat.

De restitutione manus perditae

54 1Perusinus quidam vocatus Bonus lohannes Martini cum suis civibus contra Fulginates perrexerat. 2Cumque hinc inde concertatio incepisset gravis ictus lapidis eius manum dura quassatione perfregit. 3Expendit in medicos pecuniam multam sanitatis amore; sed nullo potest medicinali suffragio in tantum iuvari, quin ipsam manum portet inutilem, et ad omne opus penitus impotentem. 4Dolens itaque illius quasi non suae dextrae pondus ferre, usu carere, optat sibi pluries esse truncatam.

5Audiens vero quae per famulam suam Claram Dominus dignabatur ostendere, votum vovens, ad sepulcrum virginis properat, offert ceream imaginem manus, et super tumbam sanctae Clarae accumbit.6Statimque, priusquam ecclesiam exeat, manus eius restituta est sanitati.

Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 324