A Mirror of the Perfection (The Lemmons Edition, 1901) - 244 

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One night blessed Francis was so afflicted with the pains of his illness that he could barely rest or sleep that night. In the morning, when his pain eased a bit, he had all the brothers present called, and when they were seated around him, he considered them and regarded them as representatives of all the brothers.

Beginning with one brother, he blessed them, placing his right hand on the head of each one, and he blessed all the brothers who were in the religion and all who were to come until the end of the world. He seemed to feel sorry for himself because he was not able to see his sons and brothers before his death.

Afterwards he ordered loaves of bread to be brought to him and he blessed them. Unable to break them because of his illness, he had them broken into many little pieces by one of the brothers. Taking them, he offered each of the brothers a little piece, telling them to eat Mt 26:26 all of it. Just as the Lord desired to eat with the apostles on the Thursday before His death, it seemed to those brothers that, in a similar way, blessed Francis, before his death, wanted to bless them and, in them, all the other brothers, and that they should eat that blessed bread as if in some way they were eating with the rest of their brothers.

And we can consider this obvious because, while it was a day other than Thursday, he told the brothers that he believed it was Thursday. One of the brothers kept a piece of that bread, and after the death of blessed Francis some people who tasted it were immediately freed from their illnesses.

Blessed Francis said to his companions, when they did not immediately obey him: "My Brothers, you should not make me say everything."a

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When blessed Francis ordained that, in the place of Saint Mary, for any idle word, one Our Father, praising God at the beginning and end of this prayer, should be said, he wanted the accused brother, should he, after being corrected, offer an excuse, refusing to say the Our Father, be bound to say two Our Father's. He is bound to say the Praises, as mentioned, loud enough and clear enough for the brothers

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Speculum Perfectionis (minus), Fontes Franciscani, p. 1807-1810


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1 Quadam nocte beatus Franciscus tantum fuit doloribus infirmitatum pregravatus, quod fere in illa nocte quiescere nec potuit nec dormire. 2 Mane cessante aliquantulum dolore fecit vocari omnes fratres presentes, et illis sedentibus coram ipso consideravit et prospexit eos in personis omnium fratrum.

3 Et incipiens ab uno fratre benedixit eos omnes imponens dexteram manum in capitibus singulorum, benedixitque omnes fratres, qui erant in religione, et qui venturi erant usque in finem seculi; 4 et videbatur compati sibi ipsi eo quod non poterat videre filios et fratres suos ante mortem suam.

1 Postea iussit apportari coram se panes et benedixit eos; 6 et, quia propter infirmitatem frangere non poterat, fecit a quodam fratre in plurimas particulas frangi, et accipiens particulas unicuique fratrum porrexit particulam precipiens, ut totam manducaret. 7 Nam sicut Dominus feria .V. cum apostolis voluit manducare ante mortem suam, sic quodammodo visum fuit fratribus illis, quod beatus Franciscus ante mortem suam voluit benedicere illis et in eis omnibus aliis fratribus, 8 et quod manducarent illum panem benedictum, quasi quodammodo cum ceteris fratribus suis manducarent.

9 Et hoc manifeste considerare possumus, quia, cum esset alia dies, quam feria .V., ipse dixit fratribus [quod credebat feriam .V. esse. 10 Unus ex illis fratribus] reservavit particulam unam de illo pane. 11 Et post mortem beati Francisci aliqui, qui gustaverunt de eo in suis infirmitatibus, liberati sunt statim.

12 Dicebat beatus Franciscus ad socios, quando sibi statim non obediebatur: « Fratres mei, non deberetis michi rem facere dicere totiens ».

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1 Cum beatus Franciscus in loco sancte Marie ordinasset, quod pro quolibet verbo otioso a deberet dici unum "Pater noster" laudando Deum in principio et in fine ipsius, 2 voluit, quod, si frater accusatus de hoc excusando se contenderet dicere "Pater noster", duo "Pater noster" dicere teneretur. 3 Et dictas Laudes tam alte dicere teneretur, quod a fratribus illic manentibus audiri possent et intelligi,

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 244

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