The Life of Blessed Francis - 584 

God made up for the poor man and repaid the doctor for his devoted care with the following favor, so that he would not go without payment in the present life. The doctor's new house, which he had just spent all his money building, was threatened with collapse because of a wide crack in the wall, which reached from the top to the bottom, Mt 27:51 a collapse which seemed unavoidable by human means. Fully trusting in the merits of the holy man and out of the devotion of his great faith, he asked his companions to give him something which the man of God had touched with his hands. After many requests he obtained a small amount of his hair which he placed one evening in the crack in the wall. When he rose in the morning, he found that the crack had been so firmly closed that he could not pull out the hairs he had placed there nor could he find any trace of the crack. And so it happened that because he had dutifully ministered to the body of God's servant in its state of collapse, he avoided the danger of the collapse of his house.

12 Another time as the man of God wanted to go to a hermitage to spend more time in contemplation, because he was weak, he rode on a donkey belonging to a certain poor man. As it was summertime, that man climbed up a mountain following Christ's servant. Worn out from the long and grueling journey, and weakened further by a burning thirst, he began to cry out urgently after the saint: "Look, I'll die of thirst if I don't get a drink immediately!" Without delay the man of God leaped down from the donkey, knelt on the ground, raised his hands to heaven and prayed unceasingly until he understood that he had been heard. After he had finished his prayer, he told the man: "Hurry over there to the rock and you will find living water which at this very hour Christ has mercifully brought forth water from the rock for you to drink."

How amazingly kind God is,
so easily bowing to his servants!
A thirsty man drank water from the rock
by the power of another's prayer
and took a drink from the most solid rock.
There was no stream of water there before,
nor could any be found since,
even after a careful search.

13 How Christ multiplied food at sea
through the merits of his poor man will be noted below.
Here let it suffice to mention

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Legenda Maior, Fontes Franciscani, p. 840-842


liberalissimus Deus, ne ipsum sine praesenti remuneratione dimitteret, pium eius obsequium hoc uno beneficio vice pauperis compensavit. 3Huius enim medici domus, quam tunc temporis ex omni lucro suo de novo construxerat, parietum patula scissione a summo usque deorsum adeo de proximo minabatur ruinam, quod non videbatur per humanae artis industriam possibile ipsius casui obviari. 4Ipse vero, de sancti viri meritis plene confidens, cum magnae fidei devotione petivit a sociis eius aliquid, sibi concedi, quod idem vir Dei manibus contrectasset. 5Cum igitur modicum de capillis ipsius multa precum obtentum instantia posuisset de sero intra muri scissuram: mane consurgens, tanta invenit aperturam illam soliditate conclusam, ut nec reliquias ibi positas posset extrahere, nec scissurae prioris vestigium aliquod invenire; 6factumque est, ut qui ruinoso corpusculo servi Dei sedule ministrarat, ruiturae domus propriae periculo praecaveret.

12 1Alio quoque tempore vir Dei ad quamdam eremum transferre se volens, ut ibi liberius contemplationi vacaret, quia debilis erat, cuiusdam viri pauperis vectabatur asello. 2Cumque diebus aestivis famulum Christi sequendo vir ille montana conscenderet, asperioris et longioris viae itinere fatigatus nimioque sitis ardore deficiens, instanter coepit clamare post sanctum: « En, morior », inquit, « siti, nisi poculi alicuius beneficio continuo refociller ». 3Absque mora vir Dei prosilivit de asino, et fixis in terra genibus, palmas tetendit in caelum, orare non cessans, donec se intellexit auditum. 4Oratione tandem finita: « Festina », inquit viro, « ad petram et illic aquam vivam invenies, quam tibi hac hora misericorditer Christus de lapide bibendam produxit ».

5Stupenda Dei dignatio,
quae servis suis tam facile se inclinat!
6Bibit sitiens homo aquam
de petra orantis virtute et poculum
hausit de saxo durissimo.
7Aquae decursus ibidem ante non fuit,
nec, ut est diligenter quaesitum,
deinceps potuit inveniri.

13 1Qualiter autem per merita sui pauperis Christus muliplicaverit cibos in mari,
cum suo loco sit inferius adnotandum,
hoc tantum commemorasse sufficiat,

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 584

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