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may have an occasion for grumbling against me when they hear that I am staying with the lord cardinal. "We are enduring so many hardships while he is having his comforts!" I am bound always to give them good example, for this is why I have been given to them. For the brothers are more edified when I stay in poor little places among them rather than in other places. When they hear that I am also enduring the same trials, they carry theirs more patiently."

It was our father"s paramount and constant concern to give good example to everyone and to the other brothers and to take away from them any occasion for complaining about him. That is why, whether in sickness or in health, he suffered so much and so severely, that if any of the brothers knew this, as did we who were with him until the day of his death, as often as they read these things or recalled them to mind, they would not be able to restrain their tears. They would endure all their hardships and privations with greater patience and joy.

Very early in the morning, blessed Francis came down from the tower, and went to the Lord Cardinal, telling him all that had happened to him and what he and his companion had endured. And he added: "People think that I am a holy man, and as you see the devils have driven me from the cell."

The Lord Cardinal was very happy with him and, since he knew and venerated him as a saint, he did not want to contradict him after he was unwilling to remain there.

Thus, blessed Francis took leave of him and returned to the hermitage at Fonte Colombo near Rieti.a

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HOW HE REBUKED THE BROTHERS WHO WANT THE WAY OF THEIR WISDOM AND LEARNING AND NOT THE WAY OF HUMILITY AND HOW HE PREDICTED THE REFORM AND RETURN OF THE ORDER TO ITS ORIGINAL STATUS

When blessed Francis was at Saint Mary of the Portiuncula for the general chapter known as the Chapter of Mats because the only dwellings there were made of rush-mats, there were five thousand brothers present. Many wise and learned brothers went to the Lord of Ostia, who was there and told him: "Lord, we want you to persuade Brother Francis to follow the advice of the wise brothers and

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 313