A Collection of Sayings of the Companions of Blessed Francis - 130 

the brothers return to their original state, willy-nilly, because there will be so many scandals and bad examples of the brothers that the good brothers will be ashamed to appear among people of the world. Then when the brothers go out for bread and say: 'Give us some bread for the love of God,' it will certainly be given them, but on their heads!"

IV, HOW BLESSED FRANCIS PROPHESIED ABOUT THE TRIBULATIONS OF THE ORDER

1Another time when Saint Francis was at prayer he became intoxicated in spirit and placed his hand to his mouth and made as if he had a trumpet in his hand. And singing, like a trumpet, he said: "Many brothers, and few brothers!" Again he sang, saying: "The time will come when the brothers will go out for bread and it will certainly be given them: on their heads." He sang again saying: "Still a time will come when a brother will take off his habit or tunic on the road and will return to the world, and a person of the world will take it and go off with it to the desert."

V. CONCERNING THE VISION OF BROTHER LEO

1One time holy Brother Conrad heard from Brother Leo, companion of Saint Francis, that Brother Leo once got up terrified by a dream to recite the hour of matins with blessed Francis. He told blessed Francis that he had had a dream that frightened him to no end. Saint Francis said: "What did you see?" He replied: "I thought I was standing next to a river that was churning and white. Many brothers were coming who had to cross it; they were carrying books and were drowned in the river. And I, while I wanted to cross, with this breviary, I would drown in the river. I threw it aside because otherwise I could not cross, and I crossed. [Indeed, I believe that breviary was cheap.]"a Then blessed Francis responded with sorrow and grief: "Brother Leo, those are the evil books that will destroy this Order. I hold that he is not a Lesser Brother who is not content to say the Our Father." I firmly believe this was to remove the desire and eagerness for books.

VI. CONCERNING A CERTAIN GRACE OF BLESSED FRANCIS

1Another time blessed Francis said to Brother Leo: "Brother Leo, my son, there in paradise a certain glory is being kept for me which

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 130

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