The Deeds of Blessed Francis & His Companions (1328-1337) - 515 

Christ, he replied: "My Lord! My Lord!" The Lord asked him: "What would you give? What would you give to possess this grace?" Brother Masseo replied: "The eyes of my head, my Lord." The Lord said to him: "I want you to have the eyes and the grace too." Brother Masseo remained in such great grace of that humility that he desired, and in such light from God that he was constantly joyful. Often when he was praying, he would make a joyful sound on an even pitch in a soft voice like a dove. "Oo-oo-oo." With a cheerful, smiling face he spent time in contemplation, and above all this he became most humble and considered himself the least of everyone.

12 Brother James of Falerone of holy memory asked him why he did not change notes in his joyful sound. He responded with great cheerfulness: "Because when all good is found in one thing, the tune should not be changed."

Thanks be to God!


1 When the most devoted bride of Christ, Clare in fact and Clare in name,a was seriously weakened by bodily illness and was staying at San Damiano, she was not able to go to the church with the others to carry out the canonical hours. The solemnity of the Nativity of our blessed Lord Jesus Christ arrived when the Sisters usually participated in matins and devoutly received Communion at the Mass of the Nativity.b But blessed Clare remained alone in the place, seriously ill, while the others went to the solemnities. She felt great desolation because she could not take part in such devout solemnities.

4 But the Lord Jesus Christ, not wishing his most faithful spouse to feel such desolation, made her participate personally in spirit both at matins and the Mass and the whole festive solemnity in the Church of Saint Francis; so that she clearly heard the chant of the brothers and instruments all the way to the end of Mass. And what is more, she received Holy Communion and remained fully consoled.




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 515