A Mirror of the Perfection (The Sabatier Edition, 1928) - 361 

recognized her, one of the brothers quickly went to blessed Francis, and with great joy told him how Lady Jacoba came from Rome to visit him with her son and many other people. "What shall we do, Father?" he said. "Shall we allow her to enter and come in here?" He said this because Saint Francis had ordered that in that place no women enter that cloister out of great respect and devotion. Blessed Francis answered him: "This command need not be observed in the case of this lady whose faith and devotion made her come here from so far away." This Lady thus came in to see blessed Francis, crying many tears in his presence.

It was certainly amazing: she brought with her shroud-cloth, that is, a gray-colored cloth, for a tunic, and all the other things that were requested in the letter, as if she had received the letter.

"My brothers, while I was praying," Lady Jacoba told the brothers, "a voice within me said, 'Go, visit your father, blessed Francis, without delay, and hurry, because if you delay long you will not find him alive. Moreover, bring with you such-and-such cloth for his tunic, as well as the ingredients for making that particular confection. Take with you also a great quantity of wax for the lamps and also incense.' " All these things, except the incense, were mentioned in the letter that was to be sent. Thus, He Who inspired the Kings to travel with gifts to honor the child, His Son, in the days of His birth, in the same way inspired this noble and holy lady to travel with gifts to honor His most beloved servant in the days of his death, or, rather, of his true birth.

That lady, therefore, made that confection the holy father longed to eat. He ate only a little of it, because he was continually becoming weaker as he was near death.

She also had many candles made which would burn around his most holy body after his death. From the cloth she had brought, the brothers made him the tunic in which he was buried. He himself ordered the brothers to sew pieces of sackcloth on the outside of it as a sign and example of most holy humility and Lady Poverty. And during the same week that Lady Jacoba arrived, our most holy father passed to the Lord.




Speculum Perfectionis, Fontes Franciscani, p.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 361