A Mirror of the Perfection (The Sabatier Edition, 1928) - 253 

The Beginning of A Mirror of Perfection
of the Statusa of a Lesser Brotherb

(The Sabatier Edition)

[Introduction]c

1After the second rule which blessed Francis wrote had been lost, he went up a mountain with Brother Leo of Assisi and Brother Bonizo of Bologna to make another rule,d which he had written at Christ's instruction.

A group of many ministers came to Brother Elias, who was the vicar of the blessed Francis. "We heard that Brother Francis is making a new rule," they told him, "and we fear that he will make it so harsh that we will not be able to observe it. We want you to go to him and tell him that we refuse to be bound to that rule. Let him make it for himself and not for us."

Brother Elias replied to them that he did not want to go because he feared the rebuke of blessed Francis. When they insisted that he go, he said that he refused to go without them; so they all went together.

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Speculum Perfectionis, Fontes Franciscani, p. 1849


Incipit Speculum Perfectionis status fratris Minoris.

[CAPITULUM] I.

1Postquam secunda regula quam fecerat beatus Franciscus perdita fuit, ascendit in quemdam montem cum fratre Leone de Assisio et fratre Bonizo de Bononia, ut faceret aliam regulam quam Christo docente scribi fecit.

2Congregati autem simul plures ministri ad fratrem Heliam, qui erat vicarius beati Francisci, dixerunt sibi: « Audivimus quod iste frater Franciscus facit unam novam regulam, timemus ne faciat eam ita asperam quod non possimus eam servare. 3Volumus ergo quod vadas ad eum et dicas ei quod nolumus esse obligati ad illam regulam. Faciat eam pro se et non pro nobis ».

4Quibus frater Helias respondit quod nolebat ire, timens reprehensionem beati Francisci. Tunc illis instantibus quod iret, dixit se nolle ire sine ipsis. Et tunc omnes simul iverunt.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 253

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