The Miracles Shown after His Death - 673 

encouraged many to reverence for the saint, but also to humble confession of their sins and to the gift of hospitality.a

Chapter VIII
THOSE FREED FROM VARIOUS ILLNESSES

1In Città della Pieve there was a young man, a beggar who was deaf and mute from birth. Jn 9:1 His tongue was so short and thin that, to those who many times examined it, it seemed to be completely cut out. A man named Marco received him as a guest for God's sake. The youth, sensing the good will shown him, stayed on with him. One evening that man was dining with his spouse while the boy stood by. He said to his wife, "I would consider it the greatest miracle if blessed Francis were to give back to this boy his hearing and speech. I vow to God," he added, "that if Saint Francis in his goodness will do this, for the love of him I will support this boy as long as he lives." A marvelous promise indeed! Suddenly the boy's tongue grew, and he spoke, saying, "Glory to God and Saint Francis, who granted me speech and hearing!" Gn 8:15

2Brother Giacomo of Iseo, when he was a tender youth in his parental home, suffered a serious rupture of his body. Inspired by the heavenly Spirit, though he was young and ill he devoutly entered the Order of Saint Francis without revealing to anyone the infirmity that troubled him. It happened that when the body of blessed Francis was transferred to the place where the precious treasure of his sacred bones is now kept, this same brother was in the joyful celebrations of the translation in order to show due honor to the most

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aspectum. 10Huius miraculi fama circumquaque diffusa non solum ad reverentiam Sancti, verum etiam ad confessionem humilem peccatorum et hospitalitatis gratiam plurimos incitavit.

7a Additio posterior. 1Quidam pro furti calumnia caecatus fuit rigore saecularis iustitiae apud Assisium, Othone milite per ministros publicos sententiam Octaviani Iudicis de eruendis accusato oculis exsequente. 2Qui taliter deformatus, effossis oculis, praecisis nervis opticis etiam cum cultello, ductus ad altare beati Francisci, implorata ipsius Sancti clementia, et sua in praedicti criminis impositione innocentia allegata, Sancti ipsius merito infra triduum novos recepit oculos, minores quidem illis quibus orbatus fuerat, sed non minus limpide visus officium exercentes. 3Huius autem stupendi miraculi testis fuit praenominatus miles Otho, iuramento ad hoc adstrictus, coram domino Iacobo abbate Sancti Clementis, auctoritate domini Iacobi episcopi Tiburtini de ipso miraculo inquirente. 4Testis etiam exstitit eiusdem miraculi frater Guilielmus Romanus a fratre Hieronymo, generali Ministro Ordinis Fratrum Minorum, ad veritatem dicendam, quam circa hoc noverat, praecepto et excommunicationis sententia obligatus. 5Qui taliter adstrictus coram pluribus Ministris provincialibus eiusdem Ordinis et aliis magni meriti fratribus affirmavit, se dudum, adhuc saecularem exsistentem, vidisse eum habentem oculos et postmodum actu excaecationis iniuriam patientem, ac se excaecati oculos in terram proiectos curiose cum baculo revolvisse, et postmodum virtute divina eumdem, novac lucis receptis oculis, videntem clarissime conspexisse.


VIII
- De liberatis a variis morbis.

1 1Apud Castrum Plebis iuvenis quidam mendicus surdus erat et mutus a nativitate sua, qui linguam adeo curtam habebat ac tenuem, quod multoties exquisita a pluribus, praecisa penitus videretur. 2Vir quidam, Marcus nomine, ipsum propter Deum suscepit hospitio; qui, eum sibi benefacere sentiens, coepit cum ipso assiduus demorari. 3Sero quodam, cum praedictus vir coenaret cum coniuge, adstante puero coram eis, dixit uxori: « Hoc ego maximum miraculum reputarem, si beatus Franciscus huic auditum redderet et loquelam ». 4Et adiecit: « Voveo Deo, quod si hoc sanctus Franciscus dignabitur operari, propter amorem suum huic puero expensas conferam, donec vivet ». 5Mirum certe! Subito lingua crevit et locutus est, dicens: « Gloria Deo et sancto Francisco, qui mihi loquelam praebuit et auditum! ».

2 1Frater Iacobus de Iseo, cum puerulus esset in domo paterna, rupturam incurrit corporis valde gravem. 2Superno vero afflatus Spiritu, licet esset iuvenis et infirmus, Ordinem sancti Francisci devotus intravit, nulli tamen, qua urgebatur, infirmitatem detexit. 3Factum est autem, cum corpus beati Francisci transferretur ad locum, ubi pretiosus sacrorum ossium eius nunc thesaurus est conditus, affuit et tunc dictus Frater translationis gaudiis, ut glorificati iam Patris sanctissimo corpori honorem debitum exhiberet.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 673

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