St. Francis of Assisi - Transitus - Detail

The two years before St. Francis died were years of suffering and of happiness in God. His health was getting worse. He underwent agonizing treatments for his failing sight andwas weakened by the stigmata. He went to Assisi and was housed in the bishop's house.

The doctors told him he could not live beyond a few weeks. St. Francis asked to be taken to thePortiuncula. As they came on the way to the hill in sight of Assisi, he asked for the stretcher to be put down, and turning his blind eyes toward the town, he called down the blessing of God upon it and upon his brethren. Then they proceeded on to the Potiupeula where he died.

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