The Life of Blessed Francis - 586 

Chapter Eight

THE DRIVE OF PIETY AND
HOW IRRATIONAL CREATURES
SEEMED MOVED TOWARD HIM

1True piety, 1 Tm 4:8 a
which according to the Apostle
gives power to all things,
had so filled Francis's heart
and penetrated its depths
that it seemed to have claimed the man of God
completely into its dominion.
This is what,
through devotion, lifted him up into God;
through compassion, transformed him into Christ;
through self-emptying,b turned him to his neighbor;
through universal reconciliation with each thing,
refashioned him to the state of innocence.c

Through this virtue
he was moved with piety to all things,
especially to souls redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
When he saw them being stained by the filth of sin,
he grieved with such tender care

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Legenda Maior, Fontes Franciscani, p. 842-843


Caput VIII

De pietatis affectu
et
quomodo ratione carentia
videbantur ad ipsum affici.

1 1Pietas vera,
quae secundum Apostolum
ad omnia valet,
adeo cor Francisci repleverat
ac penetraverat viscera,
ut totum videretur virum Dei
in suum dominium vindicasse.
2Haec est, quae
ipsum per devotionem sursum agebat in Deum,
per compassionem transformabat in Christum,
per condescensionem inclinabat ad proximum
et per universalem conciliationem ad singula
refigurabat ad innocentiae statum.

3Cumque per hanc
pie moveretur ad omnia,
specialiter tamen animas Christi Iesu sanguine pretioso redemptas,
cum cerneret inquinari aliqua sorde peccati,
tanta miserationis teneritudine deplorabat,

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 586

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