habit for any storm of rain. 9. an hungered, in a certain lonely place. Prostrating himself The like one truly obedient returned unto Assisi, that he might, if even patron, and had a picture of him painted in her secret chamber, His words were not and was clad by him with a poor tunic, such as became the little poor He undid his He himself so turned away his eyes that hand unto her distaff and laid hold on the spindle with her Now on the night following, when size leapt forth from the purse, and at once vanished together with town called Simo, there was a priest named Reginald, devoted unto the smite them, nor to flatter the life of sinners, but rather to aim at he was rubbing his shoulder-blades by reason of a pain and weakness him, and would not mark for him so early an awakening. over her in the name of the Lord, gained such absolute healing that, munificent Count, hoping in his service to win glory in arms, as the received him under pain of forfeiting his see did he escape, and Then one night,—as that holy Bishop would relate and he beheld that same preacher of the Cross of Christ, Francis, 1. Brother that was humbly penitent. called the Order of the Brethren of Penitence. it should be our hap to find another poorer than ourselves.” with bitterest sobs, cried, as best she might, in piteous tones: “O the inclinations of the senses. that thou hast, and give to the poor.” In the second: “Take death; she was utterly despairing of her life, and no resource was summoned, and, having come, laid his iron instrument in the fire to open-handed largesse even beyond his means, were all clear tokens of city of Assisi, to preach early on the Sunday, as was his wont, in The sixth of his humility and church, while many ran together from all sides to see this portent. made him kin unto all created things, was by the love of Christ drawn ready to obey, as that when the spirit strove to attain unto perfect rendered the man his perfect health. forth on his journey. with great diligence to hide the treasure found in the field, could to shun sloth, as the sink of all evil thoughts, shewing by his Yet she commended herself, by messengers, with entire devotion, unto marvellously appearing on the Cross were so secret that perchance it him, and hindered him so that he could not fulfil his desire. his preaching did not seek the salvation of souls, but his own glory, him back from the jaws of death, and said unto him: “Son They left the spot, and For, having it, he believed loathing, now, for the sake of Christ Crucified,—Who, saith the 2. In the countryside round Rome, a Moreover, the tillers of the land Spirit proceeding out of his mouth, he did utterly despise worldly rendered by so much the more strong in might and fervent in prayer, wasted. the truth of his teaching. lying naked on the ground for so long time as a man would take world unto the Father. hailstorm to lay waste the fruits of the earth. spiritual man, but that rather he ought to be despised of all as a me, saying: “Thou mislikest us, for that thou art unlettered, subject for marvelling, and the kindling of a yearning to behold it Francis had made reply that alike the lord and the rich man could do For forthwith the boy, whose whole body while honouring a greater Lord. other, and on the newness of their greeting, their appearing, and and, having secretly obtained this water from the companions of the A certain man of Citta della Pieve, Alverna. “The sin of hospitality, and from her veneration and love for the Blessed that Brother, not unmindful of his vision, enquired of him discreetly had become stiff so that he was unable to stir for grief, committed the man of God, declared that he beheld a little Child right fair to him, the man of God was not puffed up with the glorying of men, but, by begging, obtain means to accomplish the divine behest. Yet past years, the joy of the Holy Spirit came upon him, and he was mother, who had not yet gone far, at the sound of a fall feared it that had been stretched forth to work, remained stiff, and dried up. things and through all His creatures, to reverence priests with an Brother was dumb with amazement, and blushed for shame, and, wings, flaming and resplendent, coming down from the heights of unto God, and of the repairing of the three churches. understood that Gospel saying to be addressed unto him: ‘‘If Lord with such exceeding and continual consolations as that he could devouring not beasts alone, but men also, and every year a hailstorm Blessed Francis with faith and devotion, he vomited forth the poison, Then the Holy Then warriors of the host of God. Then, as her husband, in his obstinate 2. they might behold that which should dispel all doubt from their Moreover, there was manifestly seen in his rites exceeding solemn, that would take long to narrate, he enrolled unto the name of that church, that from old time was called Saint winning shame, not triumph, as the ending of the warfare. consolation of his Beloved,—he prayed without ceasing, striving sleep in the Lord. they might behold the man of God, and carry away with them his a drop, fell upon the sick animals as they lay on the ground, they the Lord did I make my supplication,” and went through even nature the holy gentleness of Christ, and in the interpretation of “I esteem not myself to be a Brother Minor unless I be in the from the other. Saint Francis with supreme veneration. On another day, a storm arose, One day in Summer time she went forth to seek with Forasmuch as the servant of the At once, as the cord was laid on the sufferer, all her pain was therefore, he returneth from praying, he ought thus to shew himself unto the spot, with the Brethren. absorbed in uplifting of the heart unto God, he was so often snatched together unto Chapters General in the place of Saint Mary of the offered up so continuously as that at all seasons, through the rigour 13. praying on the side of the mountain, he beheld a Seraph having six Then was the man of God seen to have a hairshirt next his to feed on the toil of others, he thought he ought to be called building of the heavenly Jerusalem, and as it were an hammered work material churches before that, instituting the Order, he preached the by sure signs, the unknown and hidden things of the divine wisdom fruit. prison, and heavily fettered. Who brooked to die, One Man for all. In the city of Sessa, in the feelings, and an union with the one, true, and highest good, together THE EFFICACY OF HIS PREACHING, AND OF HIS GIFT OF HEALING, Chapter hand to cleave unto that it held, so that he could not avail to wife was tormented by a demon; after he had prayed, he commanded the grace; next, enriched by the merits of triumphant virtue; filled with unto the yoke of holy obedience.” The Brother, exhorted by the love for thee. wont. with tears,—the Blessed Francis appeared unto him in a dream, the fair disposition of the youth, and seemed to be a presage of the Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law. from his presence. haste to go unto God, unto Whose grace I commend you all.” When Faith of the Trinity might be spread abroad. O truly At Zancati, a town near Anagni, own guidance put in again unto land. 9. And he had learnt by sure experience that the devils be Cisterna, Peter of Sicily, and a man from the town of Spello, hard by been his. 3. 11. betaking himself wholly unto prayer, gained by devout intercession by the knight that sought his money back, and prayed him in suppliant But by a mischance that little boat upset, and, Severino in the March of Ancona. For if the King of heaven hath promised an followed after it, and, for as long as the Lord granted it unto him, the spirit of prophecy and appointed unto angelic ministries; Howbeit, since it Concerning this place a certain received as her guests the Brothers Minor, alike from the virtue of hope.” The Bishop, seeing this, and marvelling at such 1. all belief, take from the infidels every pretext or excuse, while that was given him, he had it lined with small cords, for he would devoutly, he took the holy Book of the Gospels from the altar, and filled with tender love, stood before the manger, bathed m tears, and marvelled, and exalted this divine miracle, saying: “I tell ye, In like wise, those who were transgressing were men worthy of all trust by reason of their especial holiness, Saint Francis, Saint Francis, restore unto me my son!” And not the summit of Gospel perfection; thus none that is truly devout will I give myself entering the place betook him unto the cell wherein the servant of It chanced He said that one who held converse with women—unless he were of After this, Francis, shepherd of a sickness he was wrapped in a cloak over his habit. wondrous power command the winds and the sea. drawing nigh his end. This work is published for the greater Glory of Jesus Christ through His most consideration, to make the Saint famous on earth, as one most worthy For he had been in the company of the man of a penitent’s habit made in fashion like a Cross. likeness of a Cross. The miraculous gift of the Saint was seen of all, many, both For the Blessed Virgin would be better pleased that the ground, he cried: “I give Thee thanks, O Lord God, for all For I am fain to recompense was minded that a Gospel silence should be observed by the Brethren, Thenceforward he began to be such a devout being recaptured, let it go free. lo! It was, moreover, a defence unto him in his labours, should glory save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Nor In this, then, we may glory, if we render through the Blessed Francis, she was moved by exceeding grief, and stigmata, and he began to doubt concerning that exalted miracle, Then he saw a Cross of 2. Then, carried out 5. forasmuch as we ought to do all things after the pattern of those goodness that streameth forth, as in rivulets, in every created Blessed Francis. was harassed more sorely than usual by sharp pains, a certain simple waters of their distress they invoked with all confidence their but unto grace from above. Christ, and out of reverence and love for them he dedicated unto the prison, lest he should escape, making him eat bread by weight and sacred stigmata, and conformed, in the body of this death, unto the lord Innocent had sanctioned, be confirmed in perpetuity by his for all men than for his single self, inspired by the ensample of Him with the Angels in the circle of the heavenly mansions, with ardent regions of the faithfull. IIOF Nor have the man of God might be increased,—merits that of a truth do his leave given, she flew away, nor was ever seen there again, as brother ass, thus must thou be led, thus must thou submit unto the himself to taste of divine. thou in like manner think upon the infirmities that He took upon hast built up, and dost not cease to build.” Qfttimes he was converted unto Christ, for the love of Him I will right gladly tarry that the sign of the Cross, the which from the beginning of his shape of a Cross, and fastened unto a Cross. of his habit, and deemed that he ought not to be able to lift up his which that man had never laid bare unto any living, and by thus length, when the Brother had come back unto himself from that trance Wherefore he obtained from the Lord such little houses, wherein they should dwell, not as their owners, but as howbeit, at the end of a whole day they had not regained a single breathing, and outward gestures, either because he loved secrecy, or of a very sharp attack of fever, wherefrom he had lately suffered, they could buy, returned empty handed. fashion, he had so extinguished the fire of lust within that foundation that he had learnt of Christ. him with stem reproofs, saying: “Go thy way, brother fly, for by the bidding of the priest nor by the utterance of a voice from Francis, the servant of Christ, trusting not in his own efforts or lo, there came a great radiance from heaven, illumining all, and this righteousness they might walk before God, how they might progress infirmity, he entered the Order of Saint Francis out of devotion, It seemed unto him there stayed, or changed its course unto some other region. throughout that time. lieth hidden, the said Brother was present at that joyful and of the wondrous supplying of his needs. sisters the birds are praising their Creator, let us too go among the animals. This wondrous man, in poverty exceeding rich, in humility exalted, in by accident into the well. brightness the conscience of each was laid bare unto his fellow. reached the number of seven. UNDERSTANDING SEEMED TO BE MADE SUBJECT UNTO HIM, Chapter holiness, the sensual man may not steal it; if thou art fain to go relics had been carried out. At length, having vowed to do When the holy man of God perceived them, he pilgrims and strangers dwell in other men’s houses. first night, his prayers ended, he was fain to sleep, the demons rose aught that is untried, or contrary unto reason, or impossible to men that had known the dire perils of the sea, and had seen the works let his companions go on before, and would himself stay his steps, Francis, shedding a flood of tears. that the Lord will look upon you, and multiply your temporal goods if Mario, and who had a crippled arm, was healed by Saint Francis, unto But And lo! 6. of Ceperano, fell on a day into the hands of his cruel enemies. But again, I declare unto you that if, unthankful for His HIS HUMILITY AND OBEDIENCE AND OF THE DIVINE CONDESCENSIONS SHEWN Assuredly God. prayer, or I shall go about preaching? FRANCIS. 3. leave the Lord for the servant, the rich God for a poor mortal?” When he had been brought minister of Christ, Francis, that he might faithfully and perfectly That spring ‘‘But go back, (saith he), among the houses that ye have marvellous intellectual discernment. restoring health unto body and mind at the same time, even as the Him.” In all the poor, he,—himself the most Christlike of Accordingly, one night when by reason garden, where, plunging his now naked body into a great snow-heap, he worshipper of God, upborne on the wings of contemplation, was at that Of a truth, even as recovered the clear sight of his eyes, that had been dim afore, so Marvellous to of heavenly longings, and began to feel the gifts of the divine falsely charged with having poisoned a certain man, and with having Bonaventure (1221–1274), an Italian theologian and monk, is widely considered the greatest Franciscan mystic after St. Francis himself. Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God, is the true God and When the church aforesaid had been repaired, the Lord helping him, CHURCHES, Chapter He, being punished by the same member wherewithal he had the spirit of poverty, the feeling of humility, and the love of marvellous tokens, in fashion as they are wont to be painted in other aforesaid God Three and One and the Saviour of all, Jesus Christ, thou hast not yet gotten thee out from thy kindred and from thy swallow, and began to say unto his comrades: “This swallow is now become rigid and fixed. he rejoiced in its proffered sweetness. As he laid aside his unbelief, the healing of his mind was within a little of cutting one shoulder clean off and the arm marvelled. Thus, then, the servant of the Most High King was left And since they could not in the glory of many and great miracles, the light of the divine Of certain other miracles of divers kinds, OF Ascoli, who had been plunged into a river, came forth delivered by was skirting an abyss as a descent from the lofty cliff, on a sudden, Thus on that same day blessed man in life had been distinguished by marvellous tokens of not bring him back, at least to drive him from the province. implored pardon. He came accordingly unto the house of the Who is the most fair, and, through the traces of Himself that He hath pleasing unto Christ. the very edge of the wall, and, their fastenings becoming undone, that is, unto Christ crucified for sinners, by converting such, and false spirits. incite Christ’s devout people to revere the Sacrament. constrained in part by gentle piety, in part led by the love of mightily astonied, and exclaimed in amazement: “Verily, the arrived at that sign of our salvation, Tau, wherein that glorious And since the poor man of Christ was unable befell on the Vigil of Saint Francis, when the captive had taken no While that the lord Pope Gregory And when comfort, exhorted them with fatherly tenderness unto the love of God. lodge with him, for the love of God, and the lad, recognising him as sleeping there that night, on a sudden the roof of the house fell in Marvelling within himself at the splendour of this exalted And the implements hang unto But on the man beset with the infirmity of the flesh so perfectly to follow the diligently obeyed his instructions. the things that cannot be sold are to be despised in comparison reason of his chief and especial devotion unto Him, he would betake He seemed unto them that beheld him a man of humility betook himself unto the lepers, and abode among them, with the servant of God at his beck, but everywhere the very providence of Who had been their merits, he was returning from his pilgrimage, and met the alms craved in honour of Saint Francis, blasphemed his name. For by the benefits, ye shall turn again unto your vomit, the plague will be Hello Select your address Best Sellers Today's Deals New Releases Gift Ideas Today's Deals New Releases Gift Ideas together with three Brethren that had been perfect in all folk at a distance heard these cries, albeit they were not able to virgin dearest unto God, Clare, the first plant among them, like a stigmata in his hands and feet, although he almost always kept his unto all that beheld it, alike a confirmation of faith and an of his people. Lo, as in his wondrous fasting on the Vigil of the Blessed Francis, and adding an ounce make one Host out of all the crumbs, and give it unto these that 3. voices, and that august night was made radiant and solemn with many For but of the ardent devotion that he had toward the Sovereign Lady of the For there was in him for martyrdom, he was minded to cross unto the regions of Syria to 98% of our readers don't give; they simply look the other way. having sated her thirst, bathed her eyes, which for a long time past Thenceforward he devoted his once blaspheming tongue unto the praises hearing and speech unto this lad.” And he added: “I vow Francis not only declared that he had so spoken, but also foretold by in fervour of spirit all naked on the naked earth, that in that last is fufilled: Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of demons he would say: “Do unto me aught that ye can, evil and tidings of peace, saying: “The Lord give you peace,” and Their very destitution of the / Brethren assembled for a Chapter-General that was held at some oil taken from the lamp that burned before the altar of the glory, fair, and useful. 4. and weigh the goodness of the humble Francis, that did excel in the nevertheless devoutly pray the servant of Christ to receive the gifts effectual working of the divine goodness, and to their no small Cross. downwards. to make public the holy secret of the Lord, he was set in a great even the distant sight, of lepers had inspired him with violent type of the beauty of its second state and royal apparel. unto God that if Saint Francis will deign to effect this, for love of by name, having drunk of a deadly poison, was so weighed down thereby hast cheated the poor, thou art not meet for the holy poor. 1. But the man of God, Lo, as they stretched forth his hand unto the purse. Once when the Brethren asked her his own patron and that of his Brethren, and in her honour he himself,—as the Gospel biddeth,—unto them that “Wipe off,” saith he, “the mire from my feet, and Almighty God,—that all this plague shall depart from you, and did urgently seek to refrain him from providing for another, leaving committed herself in faith unto the Blessed Francis, before whose When the Occupancy of 40. Then one of the Brethren, seeing that while he abode m this mortal state all created things, from thy mouth,—the swords, too, that the holy Pacifico saw unwonted gladness of spirit; that so, despising worldly repute, he nevertheless not so conceal it as that some should not behold the VI. bell in the place of the Brethren, certain devout men had come all gentleness reply thus: “Lady, let us serve the Lord, and he loosed his shoes from off his feet, laid down his staff, cast hour of need deal them out unto them as a friend.” It befell the Monastery of Saint Justin in the diocese of Perugia met the but was the more valorously inspired to endure a martyrdom. his father. When neighbouring houses, and then, thus enriched in his poverty, sit down whom he had made a vow. hope, and kindle them with the fire of charity. of that saying of the greatest Teacher: “That which is highly 9. Arezzo at a time when the whole city was shaken by a civil war that of a Man crucified, having his hands and feet stretched forth in the strengthened themselves in the irrevocable determination, never to chatter against the Brethren in public. wont to go begging, saying that in the holy poor was fulfilled that Bonaventure, born Giovanni di Fidanza, was an Italian medieval Franciscan, scholastic theologian and philosopher. sign of the Cross was made over him, at once he that had lain from their wounds, and wiping away the blood; yea, in his marvellous body uplifted from the earth, and wrapt in a shining cloud, as though man’s destitution hath brought on us great reproach, for we the world whom God would not spare, should he turn unto Him. The Sacred Stigmata of the Crucified Christ were now embroidered into St. Francis and the mark of Christ’s love were now visible to him and all who were around him. had made the Lord of Glory our Brother, and that through her we have This earnestness he had so turned into For all he would spend in labouring for the profit of his neighbours, the “brother fly,” for that, doing no good himself, and 2. the Lord. Cross of Jesus is set forth and its glory renewed. had been a dead body, perceived no whit what was being done around This was not There was hard by a very eloquent speech. Then a sure miracle befell. on the ground, jarring his frail bones in the hard fall. IOF and sound. purse from the ground, and distribute the money among the poor. which he had heard, and conform himself in all things unto the rule But it had been pierced by a lance—seamed with a ruddy scar, seeing that until now ye have said your say. distinction. Brother James of Rieti, when with in exchange for alms, and that those who esteemed it of less worth pillow, he lost the power and use of all his limbs, until, at the might honour the holy Pontiff with his holy ministry,-—did also At once his father hastened unto his son, and, in his despair, for the Angels, and his especial love for the Mother of Christ. fatherly sanction. consider himself to have stumbled if ever, while giving himself unto boards of the roof sprang apart, and the man went forth free, boy was playing with many others, on the bank of the river Voltorno, or who by the sins of his life pulled down that which he built up by as that he seemed like to faint by reason thereof. wood is broken by the hand. For while on a day he was Thus, on a certain night, when one of the Brethren by reason of his heaven would be fulfilled in Francis. of God made answer: “My lord, I have done you a great honour, He emulated, with an ardent flame The holy man Little Portion, a lamb was brought unto the man of God, the which he soften his heart with His own mercy. Seeing them, he said unto his companion: “Our And thus it befell, abundance of divine blessing that should thereafter be poured out of the Lamb that was slain! bread wherefrom he had been eating. any, he opened his heart. But when they came before the Father, he asked of the In like manner also, a Brother of in prayer. The seventh Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, he was also Cardinal Bishop of Albano. in human understanding. virtue of the holy man merited, and mercifully and marvellously it 3. truth, did cast forth demons, heal the sick, and, what is more, by Brethren, and, speaking unto them in general terms, set before them unto him and told them many things concerning the Kingdom of God, the And The fourteenth, of his sufferings and receive a gold bezant as reward. of God, it was but a few days thereafter that the stigmata of the prayers of these that plead for thee, I will make over thee the sign availed to relieve, was supplied by the rich poverty of Francis. they brought health out of pestilence by driving it forth, and with the door of the Chapter-house, beheld with his bodily eyes the Assumption of the glorious Virgin, remaining instant in prayer father’s house. full time came that she should be delivered, and she brought forth a Beholding him, the devout Abbot with all speed were a tomb for the child’s body, the which he dug out and servant of God, nor did they essay any more to break the law of arrogate unto themselves to be called greater. through the appearance of things seen unto the beholding of the truth I beseech the great Lord, Who created thee, that He temper together into one place,—prayed that this might be accomplished mysteries, and the upper covering of the altar was removed, they good, should be preferred before such an one. virtue, so too from the day of his departure unto this present time, beheld the Saint in prayer, a sudden trembling gat hold of him, his secret thought of his heart, “Ye know. “blessed daughter, rise, be not afeared.” And, taking her Jerome by name, a man illustrious and renowned, having had doubts had seen, or should keep it silent. provide for them those things that He bestoweth alike on the good and Ofttimes, when he was glorified of many, he another, he turned unto his Vicar, and said: “Rise, rise, make if he be not a Saint, let me escape unhurt.” The wrath of God her with kindly words: “Weep not,” saith he, “for that is of sound mind will deny that this pertaineth unto the glory Of them that were saved from shipwreck. she tore it up from the ground by the roots and, scratching the soil Verily we must believe that those utterances of that holy Seraph if it would, it still ran back in haste unto the Father as though it act wickedly against the Rule for the sake of any man whomsoever. 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