The Anonymous of Perugia - 57 

to many bishops in the dioceses where they experienced hardships.a He did this so that they would not be opposed to the brothers, but rather give them advice and assistance in preaching and living in their provinces, as good and religious men approved by the Church. Many other cardinals likewise sent letters concerning this.

And so, in another chapter in which blessed Francis gave the ministers permission to receive brothers into the Order, the brothers were again sent to those provinces, carrying the confirmed Rule and the letters, as we have said, of the cardinal. Once the prelates saw the Rule, confirmed by the Supreme Pontiff, as well as the endorsement of the brothers by the Lord Cardinal of Ostia and the other cardinals, they permitted the brothers to build, live, and preach in their provinces.

After this happened and the brothers lived and preached there, many people, seeing their humble way of life, upright conduct, and their very pleasant words, came to the brothers and put on the habit of holy religion.

Seeing the trust and love that the Lord of Ostia had for the brothers, blessed Francis loved him from the depths of his heart, and when he would write to him, he would say: "To the venerable father in Christ, Bishop of the entire world."

After a short time had passed, the Lord of Ostia was elected to the Apostolic See, according to the prophecy of blessed Francis, and is called Pope Gregory the Ninth.b

Chapter XII
THE DEATH OF BLESSED FRANCIS,
HIS MIRACLES AND CANONIZATION

46 When twenty years had passed since blessed Francis had embraced evangelical perfection, the merciful God willed that he should rest from his labors, Rv 14:3 for he had labored greatly in vigils, in prayers and fasting, in supplications, in sermons, in journeys, in concerns, and in compassion for his neighbors. He had given his whole heart to God, his creator, and loved Him with all his heart and his whole being. For he carried God in his heart, praised Him with his lips, and glorified

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Anonymus Perusinus, Fontes Franciscani, p. 1348-1350


misit multis Praelatis litteras apud quos fratres tribulationes passi fuerant, ut non essent fratribus contrarii, sed potius ad praedicandum et habitandum in suis provinciis consilium et auxilium eis darent, tamquam bonis et religiosis viris ab Ecclesia approbatis. 4Et plures ex aliis Cardinalibus miserunt litteras suas similiter ad hoc idem.

5Et sic in alio Capitulo, data a beato Francisco licentia Ministris recipiendi fratres ad Ordinem, fratres in illis provinciis sunt remissi, portantes Regulam confirmatam et litteras, ut diximus, Cardinalis. 6Videntes itaque Praelati Regulam a Summo Pontifice confirmatam, Cardinali quoque Domino Ostiensi cum aliis Cardinalibus bonum de fratribus testimonium perhibente, eis aedificare et habitare et praedicare in suis provinciis concesserunt.

7Quo facto et fratribus ibi habitantibus et praedicantibus, videntes multi conversationem eorum humilem, mores quoque honestos et verba ipsorum dulcissima, venerunt ad fratres et sanctae Religionis habitum assumpserunt.

8Videns autem beatus Franciscus fidem et dilectionem quam habebat erga fratres Dominus Ostiensis, intimo corde diligebat eum; 9et quando scribebat ei litteras sic dicebat: « Venerabili in Christo Patri Episcopo totius mundi ».

10Parvo quoque tempore postmodum revoluto, dictus Dominus Ostiensis iuxta [verbum] propheticum beati Francisci in Sedem Apostolicam est electus, et vocatus Gregorius Papa nonus.

Caput XII
De transitu beati Francisci,
miraculis et canonizatione.

46 1Viginti autem annis expletis postquam beatus Franciscus evangelicae perfectioni adhaesit, voluit misericors Deus quod ipse requiesce ret a laboribus suis: 2quoniam multum laboravit in vigiliis, in orationibus et in ieiuniis, in obsecrationibus, in praedicationibus, in itineribus, in sollicitudinibus, in compassione proximorum; totum enim cor suum praebuit Deo Creatori suo, et ex toto corde suo dilexit eum, ex tota anima et ex totis visceribus suis. 3Portabat enim Deum in corde, laudabat ex ore, glorificabat in suis operibus.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 57

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