The Life of Blessed Francis - 577 

Chapter Seven

HIS LOVE OF POVERTY
AND THE MIRACULOUS FULFILLMENT OF NEEDS

1 Among the gifts of charismsa
which Francis obtained from the generous Giver,
he merited,
as a special privilege,
to grow in the riches of simplicity
through his love of the highest poverty.
The holy man,
realizing that she was a close friend of the Son of God,
yet was nowadays an outcast throughout almost the whole world,
was eager to espouse her in an everlasting love.
For her sake,
he not only left his father and mother,
but also
scattered
everything he could have.
No one coveted gold as he coveted poverty;
no one was as careful of guarding a treasure
as he was of this pearl of the Gospel.
In this especially would his sight be offended:
if he saw in the brothers
anything which did not accord completely with poverty.
Truly, from the beginning of his religious life until his death,
his wealth was
a tunic, a cord, and underwear,
with these he was content.
He frequently brought to mind with tears
the poverty of Jesus Christ and his mother,
claiming that she was the queen of the virtues
because she shone so remarkably

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Legenda Maior, Fontes Franciscani, p. 832-833


Caput VII

De amore paupertatis
et mira suppletione defectuum.

1 1Inter cetera charismatum dona,
quae a largo Datore Franciscus obtinuit,
praerogativa quadam speciali
promeruit
in divitias simplicitatis excrescere
per altissimae paupertatis amorem.
2Hanc Filio Dei vir sanctus
familiarem attendens
et iam quasi toto orbe repulsam,
caritate sic studuit desponsare perpetua,
quod non solum pro ea patrem matremque reliquit verum
etiam quae habere potuit universa dispersit.
3Nemo tam auri
quam ipse cupidus paupertatis,
nec thesauri custodiendi sollicitior ullus
quam iste huius evangelicae margaritae.
4In hoc praecipue suus offendebatur adspectus,
si quidquam videret in fratribus,
quod paupertati non per omnia consonaret.
5Revera ipse a principio religionis usque ad mortem
tunica, chordula et femoralibus
dives,
his contentus fuit.
6Christi Iesu paupertatem et Matris
frequenter cum lacrimis revocabat ad mentem;
7inde hanc virtutum asserens esse reginam,
quia in Rege regum
et in regina Matre ipsius
tam praestanter effulsit.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 577

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