A Book of the Praises of Saint Francis (1277-1283) - 65 

147In composing the rules or forms of living for their Order, Lord Pope Gregory of holy memory, at that time in a lesser capacity, united with blessed Francis through an intimate closeness, devoutly supplied what the holy man lacked in knowledgeable judgment.a But not content with just these Orders, the saint was busy giving to every class of people a way of penance and salvation. One time when a parish priest told him that he wanted to be his brother while still retaining the church, after he gave him a way of living and acting, he is said to have told him that each year, when the income of the church had been collected, he should give for God whatever was left over from the preceding year.

150Thus the Lord made his servant, Francis, grow into a great nation,
thus He gave him the blessing of all nations.




Liber de Laudibus Beati Francisci, Fontes Franciscani, p. 1284-1285

147In regulis seu vivendi formis Ordinis istorum dictandis sanctae memoriae dominus Papa Gregorius in minori adhuc officio constitutus, beato Francisco intima familiaritate coniunctus, devote supplebat quod viro sancto iudicandi scientia deerat. 148Nec tamen Sanctus his contentus Ordinibus satagebat omnium hominum generi salutis et poenitentiae viam dare. 149Unde parochiali cuidam sacerdoti dicenti sibi, quod vellet suus, retenta tamen ecclesia, frater esse, dato vivendi et induendi modo, dicitur indixisse, ut annuatim, collectis ecclesiae fructibus, daret pro Deo quod de praeteritis superesset.

150Sic Dominus servum suum Franciscum fecit crescere in gentem magnam,
sic benedictionem omnium gentium dedit illi.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 65