A Book of the Praises of Saint Francis (1277-1283) - 73 

She willingly took their advice and vowed in her heart, since she could not speak. She was soon roused, and on waking her speech returned.

4A young man named Villa, could neither walk nor speak. His mother made a wax image for him and carried it with great reverence to the saint's tomb. When she returned home, she found her son walking and talking.

5There was a man in the diocese of Perugia who was unable to utter a word. His mouth was always open, and he gaped and gasped horribly, for his throat was swollen and inflamed. He came to the tomb of Blessed Francis and wanted to touch it, when he vomited a great deal of blood. And he was entirely cured and began to speak, opening and closing his mouth as necessary.

6A woman had a stone in her throat. Due to a violently feverish condition, her tongue stuck to her palate. She could neither speak nor eat, nor drink. After many medicines were tried she felt no comfort or relief. She made a vow to Blessed Francis in her heart, and suddenly the flesh opened and she spat the stone from her throat.

7Bartholomew from the village of Ceperani had been deaf for seven years and recovered his hearing by invoking blessed Francis.

8In Città della Pieve, a man, deaf and mute from birth, about whom you have accounts elsewhere, was immediately cured by his host's prayer. Looking up he said among other things: "I see Saint Francis standing above me, and he has granted me speech. You shall praise God, and you shall save many people." Thus he uttered definite words, as if he had heard and spoken all the time. People who had known the youth previously crowded together and, filled with the greatest wonder, praised God and the saint.

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THOSE WITH DROPSY AND THE PARALYTICS

1In the city of Fano a man suffering from dropsy obtained a complete cure of his illness through the merits of blessed Francis.

2A woman of Gubbio lying paralyzed in bed invoked the name of blessed Francis three times for her healing and was restored to health.

3A girl from Arpino in the diocese of Sora, miserably oppressed by a paralytic illness of her limbs, was brought to the church of blessed Francis near Vicalvi, There, after she poured out prayers and tears, she was freed from every danger of illness.

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Liber de Laudibus Beati Francisci, Fontes Franciscani, p. 1294-1295


Quibus libenter obtemperans corde vovit, quia loqui non poterat, et mox excitata simul vigiliae redditur et loquelae.

30Iuvenis quidam, Villa nomine, nec ambulare poterat neque loqui; pro quo mater, facto voto, ceream imaginem ad Sancti sepulcrum cum magna reverentia portavit. Quae domum regrediens ambulantem reperit filium et loquentem.

31Homo quidam Perusinae dioecesis loquela omnino privatus, os semper ferens apertum horribiliter oscitabat gutturque valde inflatum habebat. Qui cum ad sepulcrum beati Francisci venisset velletque ad illud attingere, sanguinem multum evomuit et peroptime liberatus coepit loqui et os claudere et, sicut erat necessarium, aperire.

32Mulier quaedam lapidem habens in gutture prae nimio ardore linguae ariditatem incurrit. Quae non valens loqui, multis medicamentis adhibitis in nullo iuvata, beato Francisco se in corde devovit et subito, carne aperta, lapidem per guttur emisit.

33Bartholomaeus de castro Ceperani per septennium privatus auditu, ipsum ad invocationem beati Francisci recepit.

34Mutus et surdus a nativitate, de quo alibi habes, apud castrum Plebis ad hospitis votum statim curatus, respiciens sursum inter alia dixit: « Video sanctum Franciscum hic superius stantem, qui venit ad impendendum mihi loquelam ». Et sic formata protulit verba, quasi omni tempore audiens locutus fuisset. Concurrunt homines, qui noverant eum prius et stupore repleti magnis Deum et Sanctum laudibus extulerunt.

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De hydropicis et paralyticis.

35In Fanensi civitate quidam hydropicus morbo detentus, per beatum Franciscum plene meruit liberari.

31Mulier Eugubina paralytica in lecto iacens, cum pro sui liberatione beati Francisci nomen tertio, invocaret, restituta est sanitati.

37Puella quaedam de Arpino Soranae dioecesis paralysis morbo miserabiliter membris dissolutis oppressa, ad ecclesiam beati Francisci prope Vicum Album positam deportata, precibus et lacrymis ibi fusis, ab omni fuit infirmitatis periculo liberata.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 73

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