The Anonymous of Perugia - 39 

that money. "Francis," he said, "you did not pay me well for the stones which you bought from me." When blessed Francis, who had renounced all greed, heard him complaining unjustly, he approached Brother Bernard and putting his hand into his cloak where the money was, took out a handful of coins and gave them to the priest. He put his hand into the cloak a second time, pulled out some coins, as he had done before, and gave them to the priest. "Do you now have full payment?" he asked. "I have it fully," he replied. Overjoyed the priest returned home.

13 A few days later, the priest, inspired by the Lord, began to reflect on what blessed Francis had done. "Am I not miserable?" he said to himself. "Old as I am, don't I still covet and desire the things of this world, and doesn't this youth despise and scorn them for the love of God?"

The following night he saw in a dream an immense cross whose top reached to the heavens, while its base rested in the mouth of blessed Francis. The arms of the cross reached from one part of the world to the other.

Upon awakening, the priest then believed that blessed Francis was indeed God's friend and that the religion he had founded would spread all over the world. From that time on, he began to fear God and do penance in his own home. And after a little time had passed, he entered the Order of the brothers where he lived well and ended gloriously.a

Chapter III
THE FIRST PLACE WHERE THEY STAYED
AND PERSECUTION BY THEIR RELATIVES

14 Once Brother Bernard and Brother Peter sold their possessions and gave the money to the poor, as we mentioned, they dressed like the man of God, blessed Francis, and became his companions.

Having no place to stay, they went and found a poor and nearly abandoned church called Saint Mary of the Portiuncula. There they built a small dwelling where they all lived together.

After eight days a man from that city, Giles, came to them. He was a very dedicated and faithful man, on whom God bestowed many

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concupivit de illa pecunia sibi dari et coepit murmurare, dicens: « Francisce, non bene persolvisti mihi de lapidibus quos emisti a me ». 3Audiens autem beatus Franciscus illum iniuste murmurantem qui a se omnem avaritiam repulerat, accessit ad fratrem Bernardum et mittens manum in clamidem eius, ubi erat pecunia, extraxit manum plenam denariis deditque sacerdoti. 4Iterumque manum ponens in clamide extraxit denarios, ut semel iam fecerat, et iterum dedit dicto presbitero, dicens ei:. « Habes adhuc plene solutionem? ». « Plene », inquit. 5Quo facto sacerdos laetus ad domum suam regreditur.

13 1Post paucos dies idem sacerdos, a Domino inspiratus, coepit super iis quae beatus Franciscus fecerat cogitare, dicens: « Nonne ego miser sum qui, cum sim senex, haec temporalia concupisco et quaero, et hic iuvenis ea pro Dei amore despicit et abhorret? ».

2Nocte itaque sequente vidit in somnis Crucem immensam valde, cuius summitas caelos tangebat, pes autem eius in ore beati Francisci stabat. 3Latera autem Crucis ab una parte mundi usque ad partem alteram tendebantur.

4Evigilans igitur ille sacerdos, credidit beatum Franciscum esse vere amicum Dei, et quod esset per universum mundum Religio quam coeperat dilatanda. 5Et sic coepit deinde timere Deum et paenitentiam agere in domo sua. 6Et parvo post tempore evoluto, fratrum Ordinem est ingressus, et bene vixit et gloriose finivit.

Caput III
De primo loco ubi morati sunt
et de persecutione parentum suorum.

14 1Postquam vero dicti frater Bernardus et frater Petrus, venditis facultatibus suis earum pretium (ut diximus) pauperibus erogarunt, induti sunt sicut vir Dei beatus Franciscus indutus erat, et associati sunt ei.

2Non habentes autem hospitium ubi manerent, abierunt et invenerunt Ecclesiam quandam pauperculam quasi derelictam, quae Sancta Maria de Portiuncula dicebatur. 3Et fecerunt ibi unam domunculam, ubi pariter morabantur.

4Post dies octo iterum venit ad eos alius vir nomine Aegidius, de civitate eadem, homo devotissimus et fidelissimus, cui Dominus gratiam multam dedit.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 39

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