The Life of Blessed Francis - 525 

The Major Legend of Saint Francis

(1260-1263)

Prologue

HERE BEGINS THE PROLOGUE TO THE LIFE OF BLESSED FRANCIS

1 The grace of God our Savior has appeared Ti 2:11
in these last days
in his servant Francis
to all who are truly humble and lovers of holy poverty,a
who, while venerating in him God's superabundant mercy,
learn by his example
to reject wholeheartedly ungodliness and worldly passions, Ti 2:12
to live in conformity with Christ
and to thirst after blessed hope with unflagging desire. Ti 2:13

In an outpouring of kindness,
the Most High God looked upon him,
a little, poor, and contrite man, Is 66:2
so that He not only lifted the needy man

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Legenda Maior, Fontes Franciscani, p. 777


LEGENDA MAIOR SANCTI FRANCISCI

Prologus.

Incipit prologus in vitam beati Francisci.

1 1Apparuit gratia Dei Salvatoris nostri
diebus istis novissimis
in servo suo Francisco
omnibus vere humilibus et sanctae paupertatis amicis,
qui superaffluentem in eo Dei misericordiam venerantes,
ipsius erudiuntur exemplo,
impietatem et saecularia desideria funditus abnegare,
Christo conformiter vivere
et ad beatam Spem desiderio indefesso sitire.

2In ipsum namque ut vere pauperculum et contritum,
tanta Deus excelsus benignitatis condescensione respexit,
quod non solum de mundialis conversationis pulvere
suscitavit egenum,

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 525

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