The Anonymous of Perugia - 45 

People threw mud at the heads of some of the brothers; to others they shoved dice in their hands, inviting them to play. One brother was carried by the capuche across someone's back, for as long as he pleased.a These things, as well as many others, were inflicted on them. But we will not go on about these things, for it would unduly prolong our words. In a word, people considered them most despicable; that is why they nonchalantly and brazenly persecuted them as if they were criminals. In addition, they endured a great deal of hardship and suffering from hunger and thirst, from cold and nakedness. They suffered all these things with constancy and patience, as blessed Francis had counseled them. They did not become dejected or distressed, but exalted and rejoiced in their misfortunes like men placed at a great advantage. They fervently prayed for their persecutors. Mt 5:44

24 When people saw them rejoicing in their tribulations and enduring them patiently for the Lord, unceasing in very devout prayer, neither accepting nor carrying money like other indigent poor people did, possessing such a great love for one another that they were known to be the Lord's disciples, many of them, by the kindness of the Lord, experienced a change of heart. They came to them, begging forgiveness for their offenses against them. Those men forgave them from their hearts and joyfully told them: "May the Lord forgive you." And so, from then on, the people willingly listened to them.

Some asked them to receive them into their society. And they accepted many of them,b for, at this time, because of the small number of the brothers, each one had received from blessed Francis authority to admit whomever he wished. At the established time, they came back to Saint Mary of the Portiuncula.

Chapter VI
THE BROTHERS' MANNER OF LIVING
AND THE LOVE THEY HAD FOR ONE ANOTHER

25 Each time they saw one another, the brothers were filled with such delight and spiritual joy that they forgot all the adversity and the extreme poverty they had suffered.

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Anonymus Perusinus, Fontes Franciscani, p. 1328-1330


5Et quibusdam lutum in capite iactabant; cuidam quoque eorum taxilli in manu fuerunt positi, si vellet ludere invitando. 6Quidam autem frater post dorsum cuiusdam portatus fuit, appensus per caputium, quantum placuit portitori. 7Haec eis et multa alia faciebant affligentes eos, quae idcirco non dicimus, ne verba nostra nimium dilatemus. 8In tantum enim eos vilissimos reputabant, quod secure et audacter affligebant eos quasi malefactores essent. 9Insuper et in fame et siti et frigore et nuditate, multas tribulationes et angustias tollerabant.

10Haec autem omnia constanter et patienter, sicut a beato Francisco moniti fuerant, sustinebant. 11Non contristabantur nec conturbabantur, sed sicut homines in magno lucro positi exsultabant in tribulationibus et gaudebant, et Deum sollicite pro suis persecutoribus exorabant.

24 1Cumque viderent eos homines in suis tribulationibus exsultare et eas patienter pro Domine tollerare, et ab oratione devotissima non cessare, pecuniam quoque non recipere nec portare, sicut recipiebant alii pauperes indigentes, et magnam ad invicem dilectionem habere, in qua esse discipuli Domini noscebantur, multi benignitate Domini corde compuncti sunt; et venientes ad eos de offensis in eos veniam postulabant. 2Ipsi autem, ex corde remittentes eis, alacriter respondebant: « Dominus parcat vobis ». 3Et sic eos libenter postmodum audiebant.

4Et quidam rogabant eos ut in suam eos societatem recipere dignarentur, et ex eis plurimos receperunt, quia tunc temporis propter paucitatem fratrum unusquisque habebat a beato Francisco potestatem recipere quos volebat. 5Et in termino sibi statuto ad Sanctam Mariam de Portiuncula sunt reversi.

Caput VI
De conversatione fratrum et
dilectione quam invicem habebant.

25 1Quando autem se revidebant, tanta iocunditate et spirituali gaudio replebant, quod nihil recordabantur adversitatis et maximae paupertatis quam patiebantur.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 45

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