A Book of the Praises of Saint Francis (1277-1283) - 71 

neighbors out with her constant wailing. Two of the brothers happened to pass by her home, and at a priest's request they stopped to visit the pitiful woman. She confessed to them her unfulfilled vow, and when she received their blessing she at once arose healthy. And now that she was made wiser by punishment, she fulfilled her vow without delay.

13Bartolomeo from Narni was sleeping in the shade of a tree when he lost the use of a leg and a foot. Since he was a very poor man, the lover of the poor, Francis appeared to him in a dream and ordered him to go to a certain place. He set out to drag himself there, but had left the direct route when he heard a voice saying to him: "Peace be with you! I amthe one to whom you vowed yourself." Then leading him to the spot, it seemed that he placed one hand upon his foot and the other upon his leg, and thus restored his crippled limbs. This man was advanced in years and had been crippled for six years.

14In the district of Narni there was a boy whose leg was bent back so severely that he could not walk at all without the aid of two canes. He had been burdened with that affliction since his infancy; he had no idea who his father and mother were, and had become a beggar. This boy was completely freed from that affliction by the merits of the blessed Francis so that he could go freely where he wished without a cane.

15In the city of Fano there was a man who was crippled with his legs doubled-up under him. They were covered with sores that gave off such a foul odor that the hospice staff refused to take him in or keep him. But then he asked blessed Francis for mercy and, through his merits, in a short time he rejoiced in being cured.

16In the city of Narni there was a woman who for eight years had a withered hand with which she could do no work. Blessed Francis appeared to her in a vision, and stretching her hand, healed it and made it able to work as well as the other.

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THE BLIND WHO RECEIVED THEIR SIGHT

1A woman named Sibilla suffered from blindness in her eyes for many years. She was led to the tomb of the man of God, blind and dejected. She recovered her sight and, rejoicing and exulting, returned home.

2In the village of Vico Albo in the diocese of Sora, a girl who had been born blind was taken by her mother to an oratory of blessed Francis. Invoking the name of Christ, and through the merits of

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Liber de Laudibus Beati Francisci, Fontes Franciscani, p. 1290-1292


sicque tota plena doloribus vicinos suos ululatu continuo fatigabat. Transeuntes autem duo fratres ante domum ipsius, rogati a sacerdote quodam, ad miseram intraverunt. Quae de omisso voto confessa, benedictione ab illis recepta, eadem hora sana surrexit et per poenam sapientior facta sine mora quod voverat adimplevit.

13Bartholomaeus de Narnio sub umbra cuiusdam arboris dormiens usum ex toto pedis et tibiae perdidit. Quod, cum pauperrimus esset, miseratus, amator pauperum Franciscus in somnis sibi apparens a ad quendam locum ire praecepit. At cum se ille [illic?] pertraheret, sed a recto tramite declinaret, audivit vocem dicentem sibi: « Pax tibi; ego sum ille cui te vovisti ». Et perducens illum ad locum, manum, ut illi videbatur, super pedem et aliam super tibiam eius posuit et membra sic arida restauravit. Hic aetatis erat provectae et sex annorum spatio fuerat sic contractus.

14In comitatu Narniensi puer quidam tam enormi contractione tibiam retortam gerebat, quod nullo modo nisi duorum suffragio baculorum poterat ambulare. Hic ab infantia infirmitate detentus, mendicus effectus, patrem et matrem minime cognoscebat. Qui meritis beati Francisci a dicto periculo liberatus sine baculo, quo voluit, liber ivit.

15In Fanensi civitate quidam contractus erat, cuius tibiae ulceribus plenae natibus adhaerebant. Quae tantum exhalabant foetorem, quod hospitalarii nullo modo volebant eum in hospitali recipere. Qui meritis beati Francisci, cuius misericordiam invocavit, se paulo post gavisus est liberatum.

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De caecis illuminatis.

17Mulier quaedam Sibilia nomine, caecitatem oculorum per plures annos perpessa ad sepulcrum viri Dei caeca tristis adducitur, sed recuperato pristino lumine, gaudens et exsultans domum revertitur.

18In castro Vici Albi Soranae dioecesis puella quaedam, caeca a nativitate, ad quoddam oratorium beati Francisci a matre perducta, Christi nomine invocato, visum, quem nunquam habuerat, beati Francisci meritis meruit invenire.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 71

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