The Assisi Compilation - 135 

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[HE BLESSES THE BROTHERS AND SHARES BREAD WITH THEM WHEN HE WAS VERY ILL]

One night blessed Francis was so afflicted with the pains of his illness that he could barely rest or sleep that night. In the morning, when his pain eased a bit, he had all the brothers staying in that place called to him, and when they were seated around him, he considered them and regarded them as representatives of all the brothers.

Beginning with one brother, he blessed them, placing his right hand on the head of each one, and he blessed all who were in the religion and all who were to come until the end of the world.a He seemed to feel sorry for himself because he was not able to see his sons and brothers before his death.

Afterwards he ordered loaves of bread to be brought to him and he blessed them. Unable to break them because of his illness, he had them broken into many little pieces by one of the brothers. Taking them, he offered each of the brothers a little piece, telling them to eat all of it. Just as the Lord desired to eat with the apostles on the Thursday before His death, it seemed to those brothers that, in a similar way, blessed Francis, before his death, wanted to bless them and, in them, all the other brothers, and that they should eat that blessed bread as if in some way they were eating with the rest of their brothers.

And we can consider this obvious because, while it was a day other than Thursday, he told the brothers that he believed it was Thursday.

One of the brothers kept a piece of that bread, and after the death of blessed Francis some people who tasted it were immediately freed from their illnesses.

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[THE DWELLINGS OF THE BROTHERS SHOULD BE POOR;
ABOUT FURNISHINGS, BOOKS, AND BEDS]

[He taught his] brothers [to make poor little dwellings out of wood, and not stone, and how to build these huts according to a crude sketch].

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Compilatio Assisiensis, Fontes Franciscani, p. 1500-1502


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1Quadam nocte beatus Franciscus tantum fuit doloribus infirmitatum pregravatus quod fere in illa nocte nec quiescere potuit nec dormire. 2Mane, cessante aliquantulum dolore, fecit vocari omnes fratres existentes in loco, et, illis sedentibus coram ipso, consideravit et prospexit eos in personis omnium fratrum.

3Et incipiens ab uno fratre benedixit eos, ponens dexteram manum in capitibus singulorum; benedixitque omnes, qui erant in Religione et qui venturi erant usque in finem seculi; 4et videbatur compati sibi ipsi eo quod non poterat videre filios et fratres suos ante mortem suam.

5Postea iussit apportari coram se panes et benedixit eos; 6et quia propter infirmitatem eos frangere non poterat, fecit a quodam fratre ipsos in plurimas particulas frangi; et accipiens, unicuique fratrum porrexit particulam, precipiens ut totam manducaret. 7Nam sicut Dominus feria .V. cum apostolis voluit manducare ante mortem suam, sic quodammodo visum fuit fratribus illis, quod beatus Franciscus ante mortem suam voluit benedicere illis et in eis omnibus aliis fratribus, 8et quod manducarent illum panem benedictum, quasi quodammodo cum ceteris fratribus suis manducarent.

9Et hoc manifeste considerare possumus, quia, cum esset alia dies quam feria .V., ipse dixit fratribus quod credebat feriam .V. esse.

10Unus ex illis fratribus reservavit particulam, unam de illo pane. 11Et post mortem beati Francisci aliqui, qui gustaverunt de eo in suis infirmitatibus, liberati sunt statim.

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1Docebat fratres suos habitacula paupercula facere, ligneas non lapideas easque vili schemate casellas erigere.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 135

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