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humility and realized that this was a treasure of eternal life, he began to be so inflamed with love and desire for this virtue of humility that, raising his face to heaven in great fervor, he made a vow and a very firm promise never to be happy in this world until he felt this virtue perfectly in his soul. And from then on he remained almost constantly enclosed in a cell, mortifying himself with fasting, vigils, prayers and loud weeping before God, to receive from Him this virtue, without which he believed himself worthy of hell, and with which that friend of God was so gifted, as he had heard.

As Brother Masseo remained many days with this desire, he happened one day to go into the woods and, in fervor of spirit, walked through the woods pouring out tears, sighs and cries, asking God for this divine virtue with fervent desire. And since God willingly hears the prayers of the humble and contrite, as Brother Masseo remained in this state a voice came from heaven and called him twice: "Brother Masseo! Brother Masseo!" Knowing in spirit that it was the voice of Christ, he replied: "My Lord!" And Christ said to him: "And what do you want to give to have this grace you ask?" Brother Masseo responded: "Lord, I want to give the eyes in my head." And Christ said to him: "And I want you to have the grace and the eyes too." At these words the voice disappeared; and Brother Masseo remained full of such grace of that desired virtue of humility and of the light of God that from then on he was always jubilant. Often when he was praying, he would constantly make a formless cry of joy with a soft voice like a dove: "Ooo, Ooo, Ooo;" and would remain in contemplation with a happy face and cheerful heart. And with this, having become very humble, he considered himself the least of all the people of the world.

When asked by Brother James of Fallerone why he did not change the tune in his cry of joy he responded with great joy that when in one thing all good is found, there is no need to change the tune.

To the praise of Jesus Christ
and the little poor man Francis.




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 623