The Miracles Shown after His Death - 652 

3A certain brother, Lesser by Order, preacher by office, and a man of outstanding virtue and reputation, was firmly convinced of the holy stigmata. But, as he tried to examine the reason for this miracle by the light of human understanding, he began to be irritated by a scruple of doubt. As he struggled for many days over these questionings, which grew stronger as he turned them over in his mind, one night, as he slept, Saint Francis appeared to him with muddy feet, humbly stern, and patiently irritated. And he spoke, "Why all these conflicting struggles in you? Why these filthy doubts? See my hands and my feet!" He saw the pierced hands, but he did not see the stigmata on the muddy feet. "Remove the mud from my feet," he said, "and examine the place of the nails." Jn 20:25As the brother devoutly took hold of the feet, it seemed to him the mud washed away, and he touched with his hands the places of the nails. 1 Jn 1:1 Then suddenly, as the brother awoke, he was flooded with tears, and he cleansed himself of his earlier muddy feelings both with the flow of his tears and by public confession.

4In the city of Rome a certain matron of upright life and noble family chose Saint Francis for her advocate, and kept his image in the secluded chamber, Mt 6:6where she prayed to the Father in secret. One day as she gave herself to prayer, she noticed that the Saint's image did not show the sacred marks of the stigmata. She was very sad and surprised. No wonder they were not in the painting: the painter left them out! For several days she wondered anxiously about the reason for this lack, when suddenly, one day those wonderful signs appeared in the picture, just as they are usually painted in other images of the Saint. The woman, shaken, quickly called her daughter, who was devoted to God, inquiring whether the image before then had been without the stigmata. The daughter affirmed and swore that before it had been without the stigmata, but now truly appeared with the stigmata. But, since the human mind sometimes stumbles over itself, and calls the truth into doubt, harmful doubts again entered the woman's heart: perhaps the image had those marks from the beginning. So the power of God added a second, so that the first would not be denied. Suddenly the marks disappeared, and the image remained denuded of those privileged signs. Thus the second sign became proof of the first.

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Legenda Maior, Fontes Franciscani, p. 914-915


3 1Frater quidam Ordine Minor, officio praedicator, virtutis et famae praerogativa praepollens, cui firmiter erat de Sancti stigmatibus persuasum, dum humano sensu miraculi huius apud se rationem perquireret, dubitationis coepit cuiusdam scrupulo titillari. 2Cum igitur per dies plurimos, sensualitate sumente vigorem, luctam huiusmodi pateretur, nocte dormienti sanctus Franciscus pedibus lutulentis apparuit, humiliter durus et patienter iratus. 3Et « quae sunt », ait, « ista in te conflictationum certamina, quae dubitationum sordes? Vide manus meas et pedes meos ». 4Cumque ille videret manus confixas, lutulentorum pedum stigmata non videbat. 5 « Remove », inquit, « lutum a pedibus meis et cognosce loca clavorum ». 6Quos cum ille apprehendisset devote, lutum sibi videbatur abstergere locaque clavorum manibus contrectare. 7Continuo ut evigilat, lacrimis irrigatur et priores affectus quodammodo lutulentos tam lacrimarum profluvio quam publica confessione detersit.

4 1In urbe Roma matrona quaedam, morum claritate ac parentum gloria nobilis, sanctum Franciscum in suum elegerat advocatum, ipsius habens depictam imaginem in secreto cubiculo, ubi Patrem in abscondito exorabat. 2Die vero quadam cum orationi vacaret, considerans imaginem Sancti sacra illa signa stigmatum non habentem, dolere coepit non modicum et mirari. 3Sed non mirum, si in pictura non erat quod pictor omiserat. 4Cumque per plures dies, quid causae foret defectus huiusmodi mente sollicita pertractaret, ecce, subito die quadam apparuerunt signa illa mirifica in pictura, sicut in aliis ipsius Sancti imaginibus pingi solent. 5Tremefacta illa filiam suam Deo devotam, protinus advocavit, requirens, si absque stigmatibus usque tunc imago fuisset. 6Affirmat illa et iurat, sic olim sine stigmatibus exstitisse et nunc vere cum stigmatibus apparere. 7Verum, quia mens humana semetipsam frequenter impellit ut cadat, et in dubium revocat veritatem, subintrat iterum cor mulieris dubitatio noxia, ne forte sic fuisset imago a principio consignata. 8At Dei virtus, ne primum contemneretur miraculum, addidit et secundum. 9Continuo namque disparentibus signis illis, nudata privilegiis imago remansit, ut per sequens signum fieret probatio praecedentis.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 652

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