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 A Mirror of the Perfection (The Sabatier Edition, 1928) - 363 

wheeling in a circle around the roof and singing sweetly, they seemed to praise the Lord.

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HOW HE WANTED TO PERSUADE THE EMPEROR TO ENACT A SPECIAL LAW THAT ON CHRISTMAS DAY PEOPLE PROVIDE GENEROUSLY FOR BIRDS, CATTLE, ASSES, AND THE POOR

We, who were with blessed Francis, and who wrote these things about him, bear witness that we often heard him say: "If I ever speak to the emperor, I will beg and persuade him, for the love of God and of me, to enact a special law forbidding anyone to catch or kill our sister larks or do them any harm. Likewise, all mayors of cities and lords of castles and villages should be bound to oblige people each year on the day of the Nativity of the Lord to scatter wheat and other grain along the roads outside towns and villages, so that our sister larks and other birds may have something to eat on such a solemn feast.

"Also, out of reverence for the Son of God whom the most blessed Virgin Mary on that night laid in a manger Lk 2:7 between an ox and ass, I would add that whoever has an ox and an ass be bound on that night to provide them a generous portion of the best fodder. Likewise, on that day, all the poor should be fed good food by the rich."

For blessed Francis held the Nativity of the Lord in greater reverence than any other of the Lord's solemnities, saying: "After the Lord was born to us, it was certain that we would be saved." On that day, he wanted every Christian to rejoice in the Lord, and, for love of Him Who gave Himself to us, Ti 2:14 wished everyone to provide generously not only to the poor but also to the animals and birds.

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THE LOVE AND OBEDIENCE OF FIRE TOWARD HIM WHEN HE WAS CAUTERIZED

Ordered by obedience by the Lord of Ostia and by Brother Elias, the general minister, he came to the hermitage of Fonte Colombo near Rieti to undergo a cure for his eyes. One day a doctor came to see him.

Considering the condition of his disease, he told blessed Francis that he wanted to cauterize from the jaw to the eyebrow of the weaker eye.a Blessed Francis, however, did not wish the treatment to

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 363

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