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the same witness had seen the holy mother Clare pray very humbly for this with her tears, her hands joined, and her eyes raised to heaven. Jn 17:1

10. 43She also said while Saint Clare was passing away, she admonished the witness and the other sisters to remain in prayer and she, the witness, said the prayer of the Five Wounds of the Lord.a 44As if [Lady Clare] were able to understand, but speaking very softly, she continually kept the Passion of the Lord on her lips and so the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. 45Concerning the last word the holy mother spoke to the witness, it was: 46"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his holy ones." Ps 115:15 [Vulgate, Ps 114:15]

11. 47She also said one time, while her feet were being washed by holy mother Clare, the witness, because of her insistence, drank some of what had washed her feet. It seemed to her so sweet and delicious she could hardly drink it. 48Asked if any other sister had tasted any of that water, she replied no, 49since holy mother Clare immediately threw it away so there was no more to taste.


1. 1Sister Benvenuta of Lady Diambra of Assisi,b nun of the monastery of San Damiano, said under oath 2that she, the witness, had suffered certain infections under her arm and her breast called fistulas, in which five fingers could be placed, but they had five heads. 3She had borne this illness for twelve years. One night she went to the holy mother Clare asking her with tears for her help. 4The kind mother, moved by her usual compassion, then got out of bed and, on her knees, prayed to the Lord. 5After she had finished her prayer, she turned toward the witness, made the sign of the cross first upon herself and then over the witness, said the Our Father, and touched her wounds with her bare hand. 6Thus she was




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