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ROGER OF WENDOVER Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2

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ROGER OF WENDOVER
Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2
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ROGER Of WEXDOVER. [A.D . 1170. is said to have received this answer :— " The pious soul," said lie, "departs gently from the body; but the sinful soul, ils if unfit to depart, is urged thereto by many lashes. As soon as it has made its exit from the body, it mounts aloft, awaiting the pleasure of the Almighty. Now there is in the air a narrow iron gate, guarded on both sides by spirits both good and evil: through it the souls of the just are admitted by an easy passage, but those of the wicked are severely constrained and tormented, and miserably driven downwards. J this day saw the soul of a just man pass through it, and in my joy thereat, I began to sing with the angels that conducted it, and this was what you beard with so much surprize." How St. Peter celebrated mass for St. Godric. The same monk on another occasion, returning thither again, asked the man of God if he would like to hear a mass : to which he replied, " I have to-day heard the mass of the Holy Trinity, and received the communion from the hand of a man in white, who, descending from heaven, again ascended thither after be had admonished me to confess my sins, and I had told all that occurred to me of what I had done amiss. Thus he gave me absolution, and I received the communion from his hands, after which he raised his hands over ine and ascended into heaven. Do you recommend ine then, my son, after this, to receive confession or communion from your hands?" The monk said he could not dare to do so ; but at the same time asked him which of the saints it was. The man of God replied that it was 1'eter the apostle, who bad been sent by God to absolve him from his sins. " Do you, then," said he, " celebrate mass in honour of the blessed virgin, that by her mediation we may gain the favour of her Son." And the monk, giving thanks to God, joyfully did as be was bidden. /low St. Godric was rcleasctl from the demons by prayer and tltc sign of the cross. When Godric had spent forty years in the desert at Finchale, he was worn out with disease and old age, and drew near his latter end. For during almo.-t eight years be kept his bed, and could not even turn on his side without


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