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 A Collection of Sayings of the Companions of Blessed Francis - 117 

4Hearing these things, Blessed Francis was overjoyed and, blessing him, said, "Know that what you asked is granted to you, by Christ and by me."

5And he placed his right hand on his head, saying to him: "You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchisedek." And Blessed Francis added that all the promises made to him by Christ would, in the end, be fulfilled in those who would strive to observe the Rule simply, to the letter, and without glosses and with joy.

IV. HOW SAINT FRANCIS PREDICTED THAT A WIND WOULD OVERTURN THE HOUSE OF HIS FIRST-BORN OFFSPRING BECAUSE OF THE BROTHERS' LOVE OF LEARNING AND KNOWLEDGE

1Saint Francis also predicted a very great trial of his brothers that was to come because of the love of learning, and that a violent wind from the desert would arise, and would strike the four corners and completely tear down the house of his first-born offspring, and destroy all his children and daughters. And, that he might avoid the danger of the ruin of souls, like another Rechaba he sent his own to lead a wandering life: not to build palaces; not to live in the midst of cities; not to plant the vineyards of various studies, nor drink the wine of secular knowledge and worldly philosophy but, enlivened by the warmth of the Holy Spirit, placed as a law for his sons the deeds of the most perfect life of Christ.

4But those wise ones, mentioned above, put up, as he said, the tents of those great harlots, and brought their sons inside, living luxuriously from the pay of the harlots. And the simplicity they promised will be considered laughable, corruptible, and despised in their eyes. They will become bold and presumptuous, and will glory in human praise, and will trust in the name of learning and activity or prudence, and at that time constant conversion of heart will be very bitter and intolerable.

V. TO THE SAME POINT, ABOUT AN AMAZING APPARITION OF AN ANGEL

1One day, while Blessed Francis was praying in the place of Saint Mary of the Angels, an angel appeared to him in an amazing form and appearance:b the head was gold, arms and chest silver, stomach bronze, feet of iron, and clay; the shoulders covered with vile and

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