A Book of the Praises of Saint Francis (1277-1283) - 36 

21Brother Soldanerio, like the sun giving light to the world, shed light by his behavior and learning. Brother Juniper shone with such a gift of patience that no one ever saw him disturbed even when he was enduring many difficulties. Brother Roger glittered such evident holiness that Pope Gregory IX approved and confirmed him as a saint, and granted that his memorial be celebrated at Todi where his relics lie. But he did not proclaim a feast with solemnity as is customary is such cases; because of this, we have heard that the cult of this holy man is now being neglected.

24Brother Anthony of Padua does not cease to abound in new prodigies. It is said, among other things, that the most holy Brother Nicholas, seeing a dead man being carried out, raised him from his bier and restored new eyes to someone who had had them torn out. He rests in the brothers' church in Bologna. The ancient City venerates Brother Ambrose, famous for many miracles there.a

27Brother Simon, endowed with the grace of virtues, enriches with many gifts of healing the city of Spoleto, where he rests. In the Spoleto valley we saw a dead man brought back to life by his prayer. The truth of this miracle and of many others was approved and disclosed by the Bishop of Spoleto, who by Apostolic authority inquired into these miracles with remarkable zeal and diligence. Brother John and Brother Nicholas were men of outstanding holiness. One of these, Brother John, went to the Lord while in the office of guardian and, by his miracles, has already distinguished the German territories.b

30Nearby Brother Augustine and Brother William, in examples of a holy way of life, which we observed, showed us the paths of the holiest perfection. Their virtuous holiness is also remembered as shining through signs while they were still living in the flesh. Venerable Brother Hugh,c who was filled with the spirit of wisdom and understanding, was sublime in his life and marvelous in the efficacy of his learning. He rests at Marseilles where he affirms his holiness with signs. Brother Christopher, of dove-like simplicity, was placed with




Liber de Laudibus Beati Francisci, Fontes Franciscani, p. 1256

21Frater Soldanerius quasi sol dans nitorem mundo moribus et doctrina illuxit; 22frater Iuniperus tanta patientiae gratia claruit, ut eum quamvis multa perpessum nemo turbatum viderit, 23frater Rogerius tam evidenti micuit sanctitate, ut eum dominus Gregorius Papa nonus approbaverit et astruxerit vere sanctum et eius memoriam apud Tudertum, ubi sacrae ipsius requiescunt reliquiae, concesserit celebrari, non tamen festum consueta in talibus solemnitate indixit; propter quod iam Sancti cultum audivimus fuisse neglectum.

24Frater Antonius Paduae novis prodigiis exuberare non cessat. 25Frater Nicolaus sanctissimus, qui videns inter alia efferendum a lecto mortuum dicitur suscitasse et novos cuidam cui eruti fuerant oculos reddidisse; in ecclesia fratrum Bononiae requiescit. 26Fratrem Ambrosium multis clarum miraculis Urbs vetus ibi conditum veneratur.

27Frater Simon virtutum gratia praeditus Spoletum, ubi quiescit, multis ditat beneficiis sanitatum: nam suscitatum ad eius invocationem defunctum in valle vidimus Spoletana; 28cuius miraculi cum pluribus aliis comperta et solemniter probata est veritas per episcopum Spoletanum auctoritate apostolica miro diligentiae studio inquirentem. 29Frater Iohannes et frater Nicolaus, viri sanctitatis eximiae; quorum alter, scilicet frater Iohannes, in officio Guardiani migravit ad Dominum, suis iam mirabilibus Theutoniae partes insignivit.

30E vicino quoque frater Augustinus et frater Gulielmus sanctissimae quam vidimus conversationis exemplis perfectionis nobis semitas ostenderunt; quorum adhuc in carne viventium sanctitas virtuosa etiam signis claruisse memoratur. 31Venerabilis, frater Hugo, qui plenus spiritu sapientiae et intellectus, vita sublimis et efficacia doctrinae fuit mirabilis, quiescens Massiliae suam signis astruit sanctitatem. 32Columbinae simplicitatis frater Christophorus in ecclesia fratrum Caturci honore debito conditus,

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 36