The Acts of the Process of Canonization - 173 

How She Cured a Sister of a Fever and an Abscess

12. 31The witness added she herself, when sick, was very troubled one night by a serious pain in her thigh. She began to suffer and complain. 32The Lady asked her what was the matter. 33The witness told her about the pain. The mother threw herself directly on the place of the pain, then placed the veil she had on her head over it and immediately the pain completely left her. 34Asked how long ago, she replied more than twelve years ago. 35Asked who was present, she replied she, the witness, was alone with her in a room where she usually stayed in prayer. 36She did not remember the month or day or night.

13. 37Another time, before this incident, the witness was cured by Saint Clare of a continuous fever and of an abscess she had on the breast of her right side, from which the sisters believed she would die. 38This occurred twenty years ago. 39Asked how long she had had it, she replied three days.

14. 40She also said she, the witness, heard from another lady the Lord had freed her of five demons through the intercession of the saint. 41Asked where this lady was from, she replied from Pisa, ac- cording to what that woman said who came to the monastery to thank God and the saint when she spoke to the sisters. 42Asked how long ago, she replied about four years ago. 43The woman said the demons told her: “The prayers of that saint are burning us!”


1. 1Sister Lucia of Rome, nun of the monastery of San Damiano,a said under oath 2that the holiness and goodness of Lady Clare, former abbess of the monastery of San Damiano, were such that, in no way, could she fully tell of them. 3Asked what this holiness and goodness consisted of, she replied in her very great humility, kindness, uprightness, and patience.

2. 4Asked how long she had been in the monastery, she replied, as far as her good deeds were concerned, it seemed it had been very brief; 5but according to time, she had been there so long she did not




Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 173