Pope Gregory IX - 351 

Volentes ut monasterium, October 7a

Gregory, Servant of the Servants of God, to His beloved daugh- ters in Christ, the Abbess and to the Convent of the Enclosed Sis- ters of the Monastery of Saint Mary of Rosano: Health and Apostolic Benediction.

While we wish that your monastery might rejoice in a certain number of persons, [at the same time, we do not want] the mon- astery itself, because of growing too large, to fall in the support of those living in it or into harm tending toward the weakness of each one. [Because of this] you may not exceed the number of twelve nuns and six servants. We will more strictly limit the rest by this authority. No one is permitted to tamper with this docu- ment of Ours or to rashly dare to oppose it. If anyone presumes to attempt this, let him know that he will incur the wrath of Almighty God and of the Blessed Apostles, Peter and Paul.

Given at Anagni, on the Nones of October in the Sixth Year of Our Pontificate.

Sincerum animi, August 30b

Gregory, Servant of the servants of God, to Our most beloved daughter in Christ, Agnes, most beloved sister of Christ, daughter of the illustrious King of Bohemia: Health and Apostolic Bless- ing.

We are joyfully aware of your spiritual ardor, the fragrance of your devotion, and We are delighted over this as over a full field which the Lord has blessed. Keeping in mind the love of another Agnes, which many waters have not been able to quench, We rise up in praise and thanksgiving to the Giver of all good things. He has mercifully inspired her to this state of mind that, joined to the prudent young girls, she may stand secure with her lamp ready for His unexpected coming. For Agnes imitated our most blessed




Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 351