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 A Mirror of the Perfection (The Sabatier Edition, 1928) - 365 

116
HOW HE DID NOT WANT TO EXTINGUISH A FIRE, OR ALLOW IT TO BE EXTINGUISHED, THAT WAS BURNING HIS BREECHES

Among all the lesser and inanimate creatures, he loved fire with singular affection because of its beauty and usefulness. That is why he never wanted to impede its function.

Once when he was sitting close to a fire, without being aware of it, his linen pants or breeches next to the knee caught fire. Although he felt the heat of the fire, he did not want to extinguish it. His companion, however, seeing that the fire was burning his pants, ran to him, wanting to put out the fire. Blessed Francis prohibited him saying: "No, dearest brother, do not hurt Brother Fire." And thus, in no way did he want him to extinguish it.

So the brother quickly ran to the brother who was his guardian, and brought him to blessed Francis. At once, contrary to the will of blessed Francis, he began to extinguish the fire. Because of this, however urgent the need, he never wanted to extinguish a fire, a lamp, or a candle, moved as he was with such piety for it.

He also did not want a brother to throw fire or smoldering wood from one place to another, as is usually done, but wanted him simply to place it on the ground, out of reverence for Him who created it.

117
HOW HE DID NOT WANT TO USE A PELT BECAUSE HE DID NOT ALLOW IT TO BE BURNED BY FIRE

While he was keeping a lent on Mount La Verna, his companion built a fire at mealtime one day in the cell where he ate. Once the fire was lit, he went for blessed Francis to another cell where he usually prayed, carrying with him a missal in order to read to him the Gospel of the day. Whenever he was unable to hear Mass, he always wanted to hear the Gospel that was read on that day, before he would eat.

When blessed Francis came to eat in the cell where the fire was lit, the flames had already reached the roof of the cell and were burning it. His companion tried his best to extinguish the fire but could not do it by himself. But blessed Francis did not want to help him: he took the hide that he used to cover himself at night, and went into the forest with it.

The brothers of the place, who stayed some distance from this cell, seeing that the cell was burning, immediately came and

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 365

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