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brothers: "I know, brothers, that God did not call us to prepare a lodging for a donkey, nor to have dealings with men. While we are preaching the way of salvation to people and are giving them wise counsel, we should dedicate ourselves most of all to prayer and thanksgiving."

They left that hut for the use of poor lepers, moving to a small dwelling near Saint Mary of the Portiuncula where they stayed from time to time before acquiring that church.

56Afterwards blessed Francis, in accordance with God's will and inspiration, obtained it from the abbot of the monastery of Saint Benedict on Mount Subasio near Assisi.a The saint, in a special and affectionate way, commended this place to the general minister and to all the brothers, as the place loved by the glorious Virgin more than any other place or church in this world.

A vision one of the brothers had, while in the world, contributed much to the commendation and love of this place. Blessed Francis loved this brother with unique affection as long as he was with him, by showing him extraordinary affection. This man, wanting to serve God—as he later did so faithfully in religion—saw in a vision that all the people of the world were blind and were kneeling in a circle around the church of Saint Mary of the Portiuncula with their hands joined and their faces raised to heaven. In a loud and sobbing voice, they were begging the Lord in his mercy to give them sight. While they were praying, it seemed that a great light came from heaven and, resting on them, enlightened all of them with its wholesome radiance.

On awakening, the man resolved to serve God more faithfully, and, shortly thereafter, leaving the world with its seductions, he en- tered religion where he persevered in the service of God with humility and dedication.

Chapter XIV
THE CHAPTER THAT WAS HELD TWICE A YEAR
AT SAINT MARY OF THE PORTIUNCULA

57After blessed Francis had obtained that place of Saint Mary from the abbot of Saint Benedict, he ordered that a chapter be held

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Legenda Trium Sociorum, Fontes Franciscani, p. 1427-1429


7Dixit ergo vir Dei ad fratres: « Scio, fratres, quod non vocavit nos Deus ad praeparandum hospitium asino et ad habendas hominum frequentationes, sed, ut hominibus quandoque viam salutis praedicantes et salutaria consilia exhibentes, orationibus et gratiarum actionibus principaliter insistere debeamus ».

8Reliquerunt igitur dictum tugurium ad usuin pauperum leprosorum, transferentes se ad Sanctam Mariam de Portiuncula iuxta quam in una domuncula fuerant aliquando commorati priusquam ipsam ecclesiam obtinerent.

56 1Postmodum vero ab abbate sancti Benedicti de monte Subasio prope Assisium beatus Franciscus, voluntate et inspiratione Dei praevia, eain humiliter acquisivit. 2Quam ipse sanctus notabiliter et affectuose recommendavit generali ministro et omnibus fratribus, tanquam locum prae cunctis locis et ecclesiis huius saeculi dilectum a Virgine gloriosa.

3Ad ipsius autem loci commendationem et affectum multum fecit quaedam visio quam quidam frater vidit adhuc existens in saeculo, quem beatus Franciscus singulari dilexit affectu quamdiu fuit cum ipso, familiaritatem praecipuam ostendendo eidem. 4Ille ergo cupiens servire Deo, sicut postea in religione fideliter servivit, videbat in visione omnes homines huius saeculi esse caecos et stare genibus flexis in circuitu Sanctae Mariae de Portiuncula iunctisque manibus et in caelum cum facie elevatis, voce magna et lacrimabili Dominum precabantur ut omnes illuminare misericorditer dignaretur. 5Quibus sic orantibus videbatur quod splendor magnus exiret de caelo et descendens super eos illuminabat omnes lumine salutari.

6Evigilans autem ille proposuit firmius Deo servire, et parum post saeculo nequam cum pompis suis penitus derelicto, intravit religionem ubi permansit in Dei servitio humiliter et devote.

Caput XIV
De capitulo quod fiebat bis in anno
in loco sanctae Mariae de Portiuncula.

57 1Post praedictum autem locum Sanctae Mariae obtentum a praefato abbate, ordinavit beatus Franciscus quod ibi fieret capitulum bis in anno, scilicet in Pentecoste et in Dedicatione Sancti Michaelis.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 100

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