A Liturgical Legend in the Tradition of the Friars Preacher - 834 

Lesson III

When more refined food was occasionally brought to him, he altered it lest they attract his palate, and he rarely took wine. He wore the same tunic day and night for clothing and for bed;a it was covered with worms, and was made more tolerable by beating with a staff. He gave much attention to prayers, sacred meditation, dutiful compassion for the unfortunate, wondrous chastity, venerable humility, and the authority of that saying, to submit the necks of the lofty to the yoke of discipline. If ever a spark should leap from the quenched embers, he would plunge himself naked into a mass of snow or water. He likewise treated lepers, whom he used to avoid, with friendly respect. With gentle words he invited animate, as well as heavenly beings to praise Christ.

Lesson IV

The blessed father Hugolino, while Bishop of Ostia, took him, at the recommendation of the Supreme Pontiff, under his care. Then when he was raised to the chair of supreme shepherd, as the same holy man had predicted, under the name of Gregory IX, he supported him and the brothers of his Order with loyal affection. He encouraged with great care the Order of Poor Ladies, the slip taken from their garden. So many began to leave the world and hasten to the gentle father's guardianship. To them he gave a rule that was unrefined in eloquence of speech but effectively eloquent in production of deeds. He laid out for them a pattern of living in word and deed.

Lesson V

Thus this holy man as one placed upon a stand began to shine with a flash of miracles. Thus he appeared transfigured before the brothers like solar lightning. He had knowledge of happenings though not present, the secrets of hearts, and of many future events. Brothers whom he had sent to diverse parts of the world came together in a brief time at his bidding, without any human summons, according to his wish. He set a paralytic free, as well as a certain woman struck blind, and another possessed by the devil. He also changed water into wine, and many who touched his cord were healed of their various illnesses.

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 834

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