Since he could not walk because of the nails protruding from his feet he had his half-dead body carried through the towns and villages to arouse others to carry the cross of Christ. He used to say to the brothers,"Let us begin, brothers, to serve the Lord our God, for up to now we have done little."
Two years after the imprinting of the sacred stigmata, that is in the twentieth year of his conversion, he asked to be taken to Saint Mary of the Portiuncula, so that he might yield up the spirit of life where he had received the spirit of grace. When he had been brought there, he threw himself in fervour of spirit totally naked on the naked ground. Lying like this on the ground stripped of his sackcloth garment, he lifted up his face to heaven and covered with his left hand the wound in his right side, so that no one would see it. And he said to his brothers, "I have done what is mine, may Christ teach you yours." When the hour of his passing was approaching, he had all the brothers called to him and exhorted them to divine love with fatherly affection. He stretched his hand over them, crossing his arms in the form of a cross, for he always loved this sign.
At last, when all the mysteries were fulfilled in him and that most holy soul was released from the flesh and absorbed into the abyss of divine light, the blessed man fell asleep in the Lord.
Cf. St. Bonaventure's Major Legend of St. Francis, XIV:1-6