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in reflecting on the praise of the Lord, he could forget the sharpness of his pains and illnesses. He did this until the day of his death.


At that same time when he lay sick, the bishop of the city of Assisi at the time excommunicated the podestà. In return, the man who was then podestà was enraged, and had this proclamation announced, loud and clear, throughout the city of Assisi: no one was to sell or buy anything from the bishop, or to draw up any legal document with him. And so they thoroughly hated each another.

Although very ill, blessed Francis was moved by piety for them, especially since there was no one, religious or secular, who was intervening for peace and harmony between them. He said to his companions: "It is a great shame for you, servants of God, that the bishop and the podestà hate one another in this way, and that there is no one intervening for peace and harmony between them."

And so, for that reason, he composed one verse for the Praises:

Praised be by You, my Lord, through those who give pardon for Your

and bear infirmity and tribulation.

Blessed are those who endure in peace
for by You, Most High, they shall be crowned.

Afterwards he called one of his companions and told him: "Go to the podestà and, on my behalf, tell him to go to the bishop's residence together with the city's magistrates and bring with him as many others as he can."

And when the brother had gone, he said to two of his other companions: "Go and sing the Canticle of Brother Sun before the bishop, the podestà, and the others who are with them. I trust in the Lord that He will humble their hearts and they will make peace with each other and return to their earlier friendship and love."

When they had all gathered in the piazza inside the cloister of the bishop's residence, the two brothers rose and one of them said: "In his illness, blessed Francis wrote the Praises of the Lord for His creatures, for His praise and the edification of his neighbor. He asks you, then, to listen to them with great devotion." And so, they began to sing and recite to them. And immediately the podestà stood up and, folding his arms and hands with great devotion, he listened intently,




Compilatio Assisiensis, Fontes Franciscani, p. 1599-1600

ut in consideratione laudis Domini oblivisci posset dolorum et infirmitatum acerbitatem. 37Et sic fecit usque ad diem mortis sue.


1Eodem tempore cum iaceret infirmus, predicatis Laudibus et iam compositis, episcopus civitatis Assisii, qui tunc erat, excomunicavit potestatem Assisii, 2cum contra ipsum indignatus ille qui erat potestas fecit fortiter et curiose preconizari per Assisii civitatem, ut nullus homo sibi venderet aut ab ipso emeret aut cum ipso contractum faceret; et ita nimis oderant se ad invicem.

3Beatus Franciscus, dum esset ita infirmus, pietate motus est super eos, maxime quia nullus religiosus vel secularis de illorum pace et concordia se intromittebat. 4Et ait sociis suis: « Magna verecundia est vobis servis Dei, quod episcopus et potestas ita se ad invicem odiunt et nullus de illorum pace et concordia se intromittit ».

5Et sic unum versum fecit in illis Laudibus illa occasione, videlicet:

6Laudato si, miu Segnore, per quilli ke perdonano per lo tuo

e sustengu enfirmitate e tribulatione;

7beati quilgli kel sosteranno en pace:
ka da te, Altissimo, siranno coronati.

8Postea vocavit unum de sociis suis dicens illi: « Vade, et dicex parte mea potestati, ut ipse cum magnatibus civitatis et aliis, quos secum ducere potest, veniat ad episcopatum ».

9Et illo eunte dixit aliis duobus sociis suis: « Ite et coram episcopo et potestate et aliis qui sunt cum ipsis cantate Cantum fratris Solis, et confido in Domino quod ipse humiliabit corda ipsorum et pacificabuntur ad invicem et revertentur ad pristinam amicitiam et dilectionem ».

10Et congregatis omnibus in platea claustri episcopatus, surrexerunt illi duo fratres et unus illorum dixit: « Beatus Franciscus in sua infirmitate fecit Laudes Domini de suis creaturis ad laudem eius et hedificationem proximi. 11Unde ipse rogat vos, ut ipsas audiatis cum magna devotione ». 12Et sic inceperunt cantare et dicere eis. 13Et statim potestas surrexit et iunctis brachiis et manibus cum magna devotione quasi Evangelium Domini, immo etiam cum lacrimis, intente audivit.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 187