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 A Collection of Sayings of the Companions of Blessed Francis - 122 

is not useful to their souls. And that is the reason why I particularly want no one to enter that place, so that they may better preserve their purity and holiness. And in that place let no one speak useless and empty words, but let this entire place be preserved and held pure and holy in hymns and praises of the Lord.

28"And when any of those brothers passes, another holy brother, no matter where he is staying, should be sent there by the general minister in the place of the one who died. For if at some time brothers stray in the places where they are staying from purity and holiness, I want this place to be a mirror and a good example for the entire religion, a candelabra before the throne of God and before the blessed Virgin. Thus may the Lord have mercy on the faults and failings of the brothers and always preserve and protect the religion, His little plant."

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 122

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