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prayer, and confused in conscience unless Brother Masseo was relieved of those burdens.

10 On hearing this Blessed Francis acquiesced to their charitable advice. Calling Brother Masseo, he said: "Brother Masseo, these companions of yours want part of the duties I imposed on you, and therefore I want these duties to be distributed." Brother Masseo patiently and humbly, replied: "Father, whatever you impose on me, all or part, I consider it all done by God."

12 And then Saint Francis, seeing their charity and Brother Masseo's humility, preached wonderfully on most holy humility, encouraged them that the greater the gifts conferred on us by the Most High, the humbler anyone should be, because without humility no virtue is acceptable to God. After saying this, he distributed the duties with charity and blessed them all with the gladness of the Holy Spirit.

To the praise of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

XIII
SAINT FRANCIS LIFTS BROTHER MASSEO INTO THE AIR WITH HIS BREATH AND SAINTS PETER AND PAUL APPEAR TO SAINT FRANCIS IN THE CHURCH OF SAINT PETER IN ROMEa

1 Just as the Savior sent His disciples two by two into every city and place where he was about to go, Lk 10:1 in order to conform himself to Christ in all things, this remarkable servant and true disciple of Christ, Saint Francis, after he had some companions and their number came to twelve, sent them two by two into the world to preach.b So that he might himself show the others an example of true obedience, by the example of the blessed Christ, he first began to do before he taught. Acts 1:1 Therefore, at one time when he was assigning the other companions to different parts of the world, choosing Brother Masseo for a companion, he set out toward the Province of France.

4 As they were traveling together, they arrived at some homes of the faithful, from whom, according to what the Rule says, they should beg for the needs of the body. Saint Francis went through one neighborhood and Brother Masseo through another. Because Saint Francis was unremarkable and small, and therefore looked down

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