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The First Book

THE REMEMBRANCE OF THE DESIRE OF A SOULa
THE DEEDS AND WORDS
OF OUR MOST HOLY FATHER

His Conversion

Chapter I
HOW HE WAS AT FIRST CALLED JOHN,
AND LATER FRANCIS;
WHAT HIS MOTHER PROPHESIED ABOUT HIM,
WHAT HE HIMSELF PREDICTED WOULD HAPPEN TO HIM,
AND HIS PATIENCE WHILE IN CHAINS.

3 “Francis”
was the name of this servant and friend of the Most High.
Divine Providence gave him this name,
unique and unusual,
that the fame of his ministry should spread even more rapidly
throughout the whole world.
He was named John by his own mother
when, being, born again through water and the Holy Spirit Jn 3:5 b
he was changed from a child of wrath
into a child of grace.c

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Vita Secunda Sancti Francisci, Fontes Franciscani, p. 445


PRIMUM OPUS.

Incipit « memoriale in desiderio animae » de gestis et verbis sanctissimi patris nostri Francisci.

De conversione eius

Caput I
Qualiter vocatus est prius Ioannes,
postea Franciscus; quod mater prophetavit de ipso,
et quod etiam de se ipso futura praedixit,
et de patientia in vinculis.

3 1Franciscus,
servus et amicus Altissimi,
cui divina providentia hoc vocabulum indidit,
ut ex singulari et insueto nomine opinio ministerii eius
toti citius innotesceret orbi,
a matre propria Ioannes vocatus fuit,
cum de filio irae,
ex aqua et Spiritu Sancto renascens,
gratiae filius est effectus.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 241

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