He closed his eyes ….

From the Testimony of Father John Mary Cioni, C.P., for the Processes of Beatification of St. Paul of the Cross –

“Previously having earnestly requested that he (Paul of the Cross) be permitted to die upon a straw matress, wearing the holy habit (because as an act of charity a soft matress was furnished and the habit removed) and with a large rope about his neck, protesting that he wishes to die as a poor sinner, one who was contrite. So it was done, as one may believe, with his particular satisfaction. Bishop StruzzIeri also said to him: “Father Paul, remember me in Paradise and the poor Congregation for which you have laboured so much and all of us your poor sons.”

The Servant of God showed that he had heard, and that what was asked would be done. Finally, a quarter of an hour before he died, he closed his eyes, and resting quietly as in a sweet sleep, full of days and made perfect by labours endured for the glory of God and the salvation of the neighbour, in age being 81 years, 9 months, and 12 days, at words which were said by the Church “Come to his aid, O saints of God, assist him angels of the Lord” at about twenty two and a half hours, on the 18th October 1775, he gave back to his Creator the soul which for so great a glory of His God had given him.”

(Session XVIII – 21st March 1778)

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