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20 To be treated as a lump of flesh rather than as a person normally humiliates, and this is one of the most standard criticisms of the medical environment. But here, DeMille speaks up for a paradoxical sense of dignity and integrity in the midst of this scene. Agnes DeMille was not a Christian; she tells us that it was her devout sister, suffering from cancer, who could make sense of suffering. And yet, eventually, even Agnes experiences the wisdom of surrender, of letting go. She records an experience when “I suddenly was aware that I was happy, happy in a way that I had not been before.
There is no mention of Jacopa in the death scene. Instead, Francis is surrounded by friars and requests that they sing his Canticle and certain psalms. He takes a clerical stance by forgiving his brothers for their faults and absolving them. With the reading of the Gospel of John, Francis prepared for his own death by telling his brothers to cover him with a sack cloth and to sprinkle him with ash. In Thomas’s early version of the saint’s death, only friars attend: “Many brothers gathered there, for whom he was both father and leader.
2. The stories of Brother Leo and Francis’s early associates assembled into what is known as the Assisi Compilation (written between the 1240s and 1260) include the Jacopa story. Although the written text dates to the mid-thirteenth century, the stories recorded here are believed to record the memories of Francis’s earliest and most intimate companions, 20 Darleen Pryds therefore they are considered to be valuable sources with information only those close to Francis could know. 3. Bernard de Bessa’s De Laudibus Beati Francisci (written 1277–1283) offers a briefer account of Francis’s death, but stands out because it includes unique information about Jacopa’s life in Assisi after the saint’s death.
Death, dying, and mysticism : the ecstasy of the end by Cattoi, Thomas; Moreman, Christopher M