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 The Miracles Shown after His Death - 672 

up fully recovered and broke into shouts of praise and joy. And all the bystanders who were mourning his accident were amazed and jubilant. He went to the feast and there told everyone how he had experienced the power and mercy.

5A man from Monte Gargano was working in his vineyard and while he was cutting wood with a blade struck his own eye and sliced it in half, so that almost half of it was hanging out. Since the danger was desperate and he despaired that human help could save him, he promised that he would fast on the feast of Saint Francis if the saint would help him. Right then the saint of God replaced the man's eye to its proper place, closed the wound and restored his earlier sight in such a way that there remained no trace of the wound.

6The son of a nobleman was born blind and obtained the sight he longed for through the merits Jn 9:1 of Saint Francis. He was called Illuminato,a named for the event. When he was old enough he joined the Order of blessed Francis, not ungrateful for the gift he received, and made such progress in the light of grace and virtue that he showed himself a son of the true light and fulfilled a holy beginning with an even holier ending.

7In Zancato, a village near Anagni, a knight named Gerardo had entirely lost his sight. Now it happened that two Lesser Brothers arriving from abroad sought out his home for hospitality. The whole household received them devoutly out of reverence for Saint Francis and treated them with every kindness. Giving thanks to God and their host, they went on to the brothers' place nearby. One night blessed Francis appeared to one of the brothers in a dream saying, "Get up, hurry with your companion to the home of your host. He received Christ and me through you. I want to repay the gift of his piety. He has become blind, which he deserves for the offenses he has not tried to wash away by confession." When the father had gone, the brother got up and hurried with his companion to carry out the command quickly. Arriving at the home of their host, the one related what he had seen all in order. Est 15:9 The man was quite astonished as he confirmed the truth of all that was said. He broke out in tears, and freely made his confession. He promised amendment and, as soon as the inner man was thus renewed, he immediately regained his outer eyesight. The news of this miracle not only

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4Qui statim exsurgens, peroptime liberatus, in vocem prorupit laudis et gaudii, et circumstantes omnes, qui eius miseriae condolebant, in stuporem convertit et iubilum. 5Ivit ad festum, narrans omnibus, quam in se expertus fuerat clementiam et virtutem.

5 1Vir quidam de Monte Gargano, dum in vinea sua laborans, lignum quoddam ferro succideret, proprium percussit oculum et sic divisit per medium, ut quasi dimidia pars ipsius exterius dependeret. 2Cumque in tam, desperato periculo desperaret sibi posse per hominem subveniri, ieiunaturum se in testo sancti Francisci, si ei succurreret, repromisit. 3Statim in loco debito viri oculum Sanctus Dei restituit sicque divisum reiunxit et lumine pristino decoravit, ut nullius laesionis vestigia remanerent.

6 1Filius cuiusdam nobilis viri a nativitate caecus meritis sancti Francisci lumen accepit optatum; qui, nomen ab eventu sortitus Illuminatus vocatus est. 2Assumpsit postea, cum in aetate esset, Ordinem beati Francisci, accepti beneficii non ingratus, tantumque profecit in lumine gratiae et virtutis, ut verae lucis filius videretur. 3Tandem beati Patris promerentibus meritis, sanctum initium fine sanctiore conclusit.

7 1In Zancato, quod est castrum iuxta Anagniam, miles quidam, Girardus nomine, oculorum lumen ex toto perdiderat. 2Accidit autem, ut duo fratres Minores ab exteris partibus venientes, ad domum ipsius hospitaturi diverterent. 3Suscepti itaque devote propter reverentiam sancti Francisci a familia tota et cum omni benignitate tractati, gratias agentes Deo et hospiti, ad locum fratrum devenere vicinum. 4Nocte igitur quadam beatus Franciscus uni fratrum illorum in somnis apparuit, dicens: « Surge, festina cum socio ad domum hospitis vestri, qui Christum et me suscepit in vobis. 5Volo enim ei beneficia rependere pietatis. 6Caecus quidem effectus est, suis promerentibus culpis, quas poenitentiali non studuit confessione purgare ». 7Disparente quoque Patre, frater festinus surrexit, ut mandatum cum socio celeriter adimpleret, venientesque ad hospitis domum, cuncta, quae viderat alter, per ordinem narrarunt eidem. 8Stupuit vir ille non modicum, et universa quae dicebantur vera esse confirmans, compunctus ad lacrimas, confessus est libens. 9Tandem correctione promissa, interioreque homine taliter renovato, exteriorem continuo recuperavit aspectum. 10Huius miraculi fama circumquaque diffusa non solum ad reverentiam Sancti,

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 672

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