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 The Miracles Shown after His Death - 677 

the whole hand, and also the other one. And so the man was brought back to his original freedom of movement and put down the tools by himself, while everyone praised God Lk 2:13 and the miraculous power of his Saint, which could so wonderfully strike and also heal. The actual tools were hung as a memorial before the altar that was raised there in honor of Saint Francis, and hang there to this day.a

Many other miracles,
worked there and in nearby places,
show that this Saint is outstanding in heaven
and that his feast should be kept on earth
with great veneration.

2Also in the city of Le Mans a woman put her hand to the distaff, her fingers plied the spindle. Prv 31:19 Then her hands stiffened with pain and her fingers began to burn. The pain taught her, and she recognized the power of the saint, and with a contrite heart hurried to the brothers. As the devout sons begged for the mercy of the holy Father she was immediately healed, and no wound remained on her hands, except for just a trace of the burn as a reminder of the event.

Likewise a woman in Campania, another in the town of Olite and a third one in the town of Piglio disdained to celebrate the blessed Father's feast and were at first punished for their wrongdoing. But once they had repented they were miraculously delivered by the merits of Saint Francis.

3A knight from Borgo in the province of Massa shamelessly dismissed the works and miraculous signs of blessed Francis. He taunted the pilgrims on their way to observe the saint's feast, and he publicly babbled foolishness against the brothers. One time, however, as he was mocking the glory of the Saint of God, he added to his other sins a detestable blasphemy. "If it's true that this Francis is a saint," he said, "let my body fall by the sword today, and if he's not a saint, I'll be unharmed!" The anger of God rose to inflict a fitting punishment, and his prayer was turned to sin. After a short time, the blasphemer insulted his nephew, and the latter drew his sword and bloodied it with his uncle's bowels. The accursed man died the same day and became a slave of hell and a son of darkness. Thus others might learn not to attack Francis's wonderful works with words of blasphemy, but honor them with devout praises.

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laxatus est tertius et postmodum tota manus nec non et altera subsequenter, populo, qui iam multus advenerat, Sancti clementiam devotissime implorante. 9Sic homo pristinae redditus libertati, per se ipsum instrumenta deposuit, cunctis laudantibus Deum virtutemque Sancti mirificam, qui tam mirabiliter percutere poterat et sanare. 10Ipsa vero instrumenta usque hodie coram altari, ad honorem beati Francisci fabricato ibidem, in memoriam facti dependent.

11Plura quoque illic
et in locis vicinis patrata miracula
et Sanctum in caelis ostendunt eximium
et festum ipsius in terris
venerabiliter excolendum.

.2 1In civitate quoque Cenomanensi, dum in solemnitate sancti Francisci mulier quaedam manus ad colum extenderet et digitis apprehenderet fusum, obrigescentibus manibus, coeperunt digiti magnis ardoribus cruciari. 2Igitur poena docente, Sancti recognoscens virtutem, corde compuncta cucurrit ad fratres. 3Cumque pro salute ipsius devoti filii sancti Patris clementiam precarentur, incolumis effecta est statim, nec aliquid laesionis remansit in manibus, nisi ad facti memoriam solum vestigium combusturae.

4Simili etiam modo in Campania Maiore mulier quaedam, et in Villa Oleti mulier altera et in castro Pillei tertia, dum beati Patris festum celebrare contemnerent, praevaricantes primum mirabiliter sunt punitae, sed postmodum poenitentes per sancti Francisci merita sunt mirabilius liberatae.

3 1Miles quidam de Burgo in provincia Massae, beati Francisci operibus et miraculorum signis impudentissime detrahebat. 2Inferebat multa opprobria peregrinis ad ipsius memoriam venientibus et contra fratres publica garriebat insania. 3Cum autem semel Sancti Dei gloriam impugnaret, addidit super peccata sua blasphemiam detestandam: 4« Si verum est » , inquit, « quod Franciscus iste sit sanctus, gladio cadat hodie corpus meum; si vero sanctus non est, evadam incolumis ». 5Non distulit ira Dei condignum inferre supplicium, cum iam facta fuisset eius oratio in peccatum. 6Mora enim modica interiecta, dum blasphemus nepoti suo inferret iniuriam, accepit ille gladium et patrui visceribus cruentavit. 7Eodem die mortuus est sceleratus, inferni mancipium et filius tenebrarum, ut ceteri discerent miranda Francisci opera non blasphematoriis verbis impetere, sed devotis laudibus honorare.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 677

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