The Treatise on the Miracles of Saint Francis - 403 

their points protruding on opposite sides. The heads of the nails in his hands and feet were round and black, while their points were oblong and flattened, rising from the flesh itself, and extended beyond the flesh around them. His right side was marked with an oblong red scar as if pierced by a lance, and, since this often dripped blood, his tunic and undergarments were stained with his holy blood.

Rufino, that man of God of angelic purity, one time rubbed the holy father with the affection of a son; and his hand slipped and he physically touched the wound. The holy one of God felt great pain and pushed Rufino's hand away, crying out for the Lord to spare him. Gn 19:16

5When, after two years' time, with a blessed ending, he at last exchanged the valley of misery for the blessed homeland, the amazing announcement of this extraordinary thing reached peoples' ears.

A crowd of people came together praising and glorifying the name of the Lord. The whole city of Assisi rushed down as a group and the entire region hurried, eager to see that new wonder that God newly displayed in this world. The novelty of the miracle changed their weeping to jubilation, and swept up their bodily sight toward amazement and ecstasy. They observed the blessed body adorned with the stigmata of Christ, not the holes of the nails, but the nails themselves, in the middle of his hands and feet, marvelously fashioned by divine power from his own flesh, in fact, grown in the flesh itself. From whatever point they were pressed, simultaneously, as if a single tendon, they pulsed at the opposite end. They also saw his side stained red with blood.

We who say these things
have seen these things;
we have touched with our hands
what we are writing by hand.
With tears in our eyes,
we have sketched what we profess with our lips,
and what we once swore,
while touching sacred things, br />we declare for all time.

Many brothers besides us saw ita while the saint was alive;
at his death, more than fifty of them with countless lay people
venerated it.




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 403