The Life of Blessed Francis - 530 

HERE BEGINS THE LIFE OF BLESSED FRANCIS

Chapter One

SAINT FRANCIS'S MANNER OF LIFE
IN THE ATTIRE OF THE WORLDa

1 There was a man Jb 1:1
in the city of Assisi,
named Francis
whose memory is held in benediction, Sir 45:1
because God graciously
preceded him with blessings of sweetness, Ps 21:4 [Vulgate, Ps 20:4]
mercifully snatching him from the dangers of the present life,
and richly filling him with gifts of heavenly grace.

For at a young age, he lived among foolish children of mortals Ps 62:9 [Vulgate, Ps 61:9] and was brought up in foolish ways. After acquiring a little knowledge of reading and writing, he was assigned to work in a lucrative merchant's business. Yet with God's protection, although he indulged himself in pleasures, even among wanton youths, he did not give himself over to the drives of the flesh; not even among greedy merchants did he place his hope in money or treasures, although he was intent on making a profit.

There was to be sure, growing with him from his infancy, Jb 31:18 a generous care for the poor divinely implanted in the heart of the young Francis.b It had so filled his heart with kindness that, even at that time, he resolved not to be a deaf hearer of the Gospelc but to give to everyone Lk 6:30 who begged, especially if he asked out of "divine love."

On one occasion, however, when he was caught up in the pressures of business, contrary to his usual manner of acting, he sent away

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Legenda Maior, Fontes Franciscani, p. 781


Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 530

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