One day a poor man came to Monte Argentaro and asked a priest whom he met in the church if he could see Father Paul of the Cross. The father told him that unfortunately it was not possible at that moment, as Paul was away at that time. Then the man began to cry, and told him that he had lived in sacrilege for fifty years, and that he should continue so perhaps to the end if Father Paul had not appeared to him three different times, and threatened with an unsheathed sword to slay him if he did not go to confession. Filled with fear he found a confessor and gave a most sincere Confession. Afterwards he returned to his home in great peace and happiness having finally been relieved of the burden of his sins. When this same Priest who heard the man’s story met the Saint, shortly there after , he said, in the way of a joke, “So, Father, you have taken to a new way of giving missions.” “What is that?” asked, the Saint. “Oh, you go about with a sword threatening to kill people if they don’t go to confession.” He then related the story of the poor man, and he was told by the Saint that it was his guardian angel who took his shape, and preached in his stead, and that that was not the first time.