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remember. 6She knew Lady Clare had received her into the monas- tery because of the love of God when she was very little. 7She said that she always saw Lady Clare acting in great holiness.

3. 8Asked in what sort of holiness, she replied in great punishment of her flesh and in great harshness of her life. 9Insofar as she could, she tried to please God and to teach her sisters in the love of God. She had great compassion for the sisters, both for their body and soul. 10The witness added that since she did not possess the saint’s wisdom, she should not express the goodness and holiness she saw in Lady Clare.

4. 11She said she heard the Lord had cured some sisters through her merits, 12but she was not present because she was sick.

THE NINTH WITNESS

1. 1Sister Francesca, daughter of Sir Capitaneo of Col de Mezzo,a nun of the monastery of San Damiano, said under oath 2that she, the witness, had been in the monastery more than twenty-one years or so this May during which time Lady Clare had been abbess. 3She said if she had as much wisdom as Solomon and as much eloquence as Saint Paul, she did not believe she could tell fully of the goodness and holiness that she saw in Lady Clare throughout all the said time.

2. 4Asked what she saw in her, she replied one time, when the Saracens entered the cloister of the said monastery, the Lady made them bring her to the entrance of the refectory 5and bring a small box where there was the Blessed Sacrament of the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ. 6Throwing herself prostrate on the ground in prayer, she begged with tears, saying among other things: 7“Lord, look upon these servants of yours, because I cannot protect them.” 8Then the witness heard a voice of wonderful

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