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and would not make myself a stranger to them. For there are some among the prelates who draw them in a different direction, placing before them the examples of the ancients and paying little attention to my warnings. But what they are doing will be seen in the end."

A short time later, when he was suffering a serious illness, he raised himself up in bed in an angry spirit: "Who are these people? They have snatched out of my hands my religion and that of the brothers. If I go to the general chapter, I'll show them what is my will."]

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[HE WAS NOT ASHAMED TO BEG EVEN MEAT FOR SICK BROTHERS]

Blessed Francis [was not embarrassed to go through the city's public places to find some meat for a sick brother. However, he also advised the sick to be patient when things were lacking and not stir up a scandal if everything was not to their satisfaction.

Because of this he had these words written in one of the Rules: "I beg all my sick brothers that in their illness they do not become angry or upset at] the Lord or [the brothers. They should not anxiously seek medicines, nor desire too eagerly to free the flesh that is soon to die and is an enemy of the soul. Let them give thanks for all things 1 Thes 5:18 and let them desire to be however God wills them to be. For God teaches with the rod of punishments and sicknesses those whom he has destined to eternal life Acts 13:48 as he himself has said: 'Those whom I love I correct and chastise.' " Rv 3:19 ]

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[PRAISE OF THE RULE]

[He burned with great zeal for the common profession and Rule, and endowed those who were zealous about it with a special blessing. He called it their Book of Life, the hope of salvation, the marrow of the Gospel, the way of perfection, the key of Paradise, the pact of an eternal covenant. He wanted all to have it, all to know it, in all places to let it speak to the inner man, as encouragement in weariness and as a reminder of a sworn oath. He taught them to keep it always before their eyes as a reminder of the life they should lead, and, what is more, that they should die with it.

This teaching was not forgotten by a certain lay brother whom we believe should be venerated among the martyrs, since he gained the palm of glorious victory. When he was taken by the Saracens to his

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nec me illis redderem alienum. 3Nam sunt quidam de numero prelatorum qui eos ad alia trahunt, antiquorum eis proponentes exempla, et parum mea monita reputantes. 4Sed quid agant in fine videbitur ».

5Et paulo post cum infirmitate nimia gravaretur, in vehementia spiritus in lectulo se direxit. « Qui sunt isti, ait, qui Religionem meam et fratrum de meis manibus rapuerunt? 6Si ad generale capitulum venero, eis ostendam qualem habeam voluntatem ».

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1Non verecundabatur beatus Franciscus per publica civitatum fratri infirmo carnes conquirere . 2Monebat tamen languidos patienter ferre defectus, nec consurgere in scandalum si eis non esset per omnia satisfactum.

3Unde in quadam Regula scribi fecit hec verba: « Rogo omnes fratres meos infirmos, ut in suis infirmitatibus non irascantur vel conturbentur contra Dominum, vel contra fratres. 4Non multum sollicite postulent medicinas; nec nimis desiderent liberare carnem cito morituram, que est anime inimica. 5De omnibus gratias agant, ut quales vult eos esse Deus, tales se fore desiderent. 6Quos enim Deus ad vitam preordinavit eternam flagellorum atque infirmitatum stimulis erudit, sicut ipse dixit: quos ego amo arguo et castigo ».

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1Communem professionem et Regulam ardentissime zelabatur, et qui circa illam essent zelotes singulari benedictione donavit. 2Hanc enim suis dicebat librum vite, spem salutis medullam Evangelii, viam perfectionis, clavem paradisi, pactum eterni federis. 3Hanc volebat haberi ab omnibus, sciri ab omnibus, et ubique in allocutione[m] tedii et memoriam prestiti iuramenti cum interiori homine e fabulari. 4Docuit eam semper in communitionem agende vite portari pre oculis, quodque plus est, cum ipsa debere mori.

5Cuius instituti non immemor, quidam frater laicus, quem inter martyrum numerum credimus esse colendum, palmam assecutus [est] gloriose victorie. 6Nam cum a Sarracenis ad martyrium peteretur, summis manibus Regulam tenens,

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 146

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