The Anonymous of Perugia - 42 

calling together his six brothers in the woods next to the church of Saint Mary of the Portiuncula where they often went to pray, he told them: "My dear brothers, let us consider our calling because God has mercifully called us not only for our own good but also for the salvation of many. Therefore, let us go through the world, encouraging and teaching men and women by word and example to do penance for their sins and to remember the Lord's commandments, which they have forgotten for such a long time."

He also told them: "Do not be afraid, little flock, Lk 12:32 but have confidence in the Lord. And do not say among yourselves 'We are simple and illiterate men, how should we preach?' But be mindful of the Lord's words to his disciples: 'You yourselves will not be the speakers; the Spirit of your Father will be speaking in you.' Mt 10:20 For the Lord Himself will give you spirit and wisdom to encourage and preach to men and their wives the way and deeds of the commandments. You will find, however, faithful people—meek, humble and kind—who will receive you and your words with joy and love. You will find others—unfaithful, proud, and blasphemous—resisting and criticizing you and your words. Therefore, resolve in your hearts to bear all these things with patience and humility."

When the brothers heard these words, they were afraid. Realizing that they were frightened, he told them: "Do not be frightened. Keep in mind that within a short time many learned, prudent and noble men will be with us. They will preach to nations and peoples, to kings and princes, and many people will be converted to the Lord. And the Lord will make His family grow and increase throughout the entire world."

After saying this, Francis blessed them and they went on their way.

Chapter V
THE PERSECUTIONS WHICH THE BROTHERS ENDURED
AS THEY WENT THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

19 Wherever these devout servants of the Lord walked along and came upon a church, whether in use or abandoned, or upon some cross alongside the road, they would pray devoutly: "We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, and in all your churches throughout the whole world, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world." And they believed and felt that they had found a place of the Lord.

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Anonymus Perusinus, Fontes Franciscani, p. 1323-1325


2Et convocans ad se istos sex fratres suos quos habebat, in silva quae erat iuxta Ecclesiam Sanctae Mariae de Portiuncula, ad quam ipsi ad orationem frequenter ibant, 3dixit eis: « Consideremus, fratres carissimi, vocationem nostram, quia misericorditer vocavit nos Deus, non tantum pro nostra sed pro multorum utilitate et etiam salute. 4Eamus ergo per mundum, exhortantes et docentes homines et mulieres verbo et exemplo, ut agant paenitentiam de peccatis suis et mandatorum Domini recordentur, quae oblivioni tanto tempore tradiderunt ».

5Et iterum dixit eis:« Nolite timere, pusillus grex, sed in Domino fiduciam habeatis. 6Et nolite dicere inter vos: 'insipientes sumus et sine litteris quomodo praedicabimus?'. 7Sed memores estote verborum Domini, quae locutus est discipulis suis dicens: 'Non enim, vos estis qui loquimini, sed Spiritus Patris vestri qui loquitur in vobis'. 8Ipse enim Dominus dabit vobis spiritum et sapientiam, ad exhortandum et praedicandum viris et mulieribus suorum viam et opera mandatorum. 9Invenietis autem fideles homines, mansuetos, humiles et benignos, qui vos et verba vestra recipient cum gaudio et amore. 10Invenietis alios infideles, superbos et blasphemos, resistentes et exprobrantes vobis et verbis vestris. 11Ponite ergo in cordibus vestris patienter et humiliter haec omnia tolerare ».

12Cumque fratres haec verba audissent, formidinem habuerunt. 13Videns autem beatus Franciscus eos timere, dixit eis: « Nolite expavescere. 14Scitote enim quia non post multum temporis venient ad nos multi sapientes, prudentes et nobiles, eruntque nobiscum. 15Praedicabunt gentibus et populis, regibus et principibus et multi ad Dominum convertentur. 16Et per universum mundum multiplicare faciet Dominus suam familiam et augeri ».

17Et cum consumasset omnia verba haec, benedixit eis, et abierunt.

Caput V
De persecutionibus quas fratres euntes
per mundum perpessi sunt.

19 1Cum autem per viam ipsi devotissimi servi Domini ambularent, et aliquam Ecclesiam habitabilem vel derelictam inveniebant, sive Crucem aliquam secus viam, ad eas se ad orationem devotissime inclinabant dicentes: 2Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi, et ad universas Ecclesias tuas quae sunt in universo mundo, quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redimisti mundum. 3Et ibi credebant et sentiebant se locum Domini invenire.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 42

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