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17 In the same vision he also saw whatever was done through Christ from the fall of the first man until the entrance of Christ into eternal life, who is the head and leader of all the elect who have existed from the beginning of the world, who are living now and will live in the future until the end, just as it was announced by the holy prophets.

To the praise and glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.


1 Something wonderful and worthy of widespread remembrance happened to this same Brother John, as those who were present have related it.

2 Brother John was staying in the place at Mogliano in the custody of Fermo of the Province of the Marches. On the first day after the octave of Saint Lawrence, that is, within the octave of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary,b he got up before the hour of matins. And with a great anointing of grace which the Lord gave him, he said matins with the brothers. After saying matins, he went into the garden, because he was feeling such an abundance of immense sweetness and delight which he had from the great grace of tasting in his mind the words of the Lord: This is my Body, that he let out loud cries and said in his heart: This is my Body. Mt 26:26

5 At these words he was illuminated by the Holy Spirit and the eyes of his mind were opened. He saw the blessed Christ with the blessed Virgin Mary and a multitude of angels and saints, and he understood this saying of the Apostle: We all though many are one body in Christ and individually members one of another; and that other one: Thus you will be able to grasp fully, with all the saints the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ which surpasses all knowledge; Eph 3:18 because all is in that most high Sacrament which is brought about when This is my Body Mt 26:26 is said. When dawn came, so moved by that grace, he entered the church with anxious fervor of spirit, thinking no one could hear him, although there was a brother in the choir who heard this. Still feeling anxious because of the




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