The Deeds of Blessed Francis & His Companions (1328-1337) - 471 

To the praise and glory of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

XVII
SAINT FRANCIS DECLINED THE TITLE "MASTER"

1 Francis, the humble imitator of Christ, realized that the title "Master" befitted only Christ through whom all works are done. He used to say that he was very willing to know how to do them all, but was unwilling to be a master or be decorated with the title "Master." Using such a title would make him seem to go against the word of Christ in the Gospel, forbidding anyone to be called "master." So it was better to be humble because of his poor little knowledge than to do and presume to act contrary to the humble teachings of the glorious Master. The title "Master" suits no one but the blessed Christ, whose works are perfect. And therefore He Himself commanded that no one on earth should presume to be called "master," because there is one, single, true master, without faults, in heaven: the blessed Christ, who is God and man, light and life, the maker of the world, praiseworthy and glorious forever.

Amen.

XVIII
THE DEATH OF SAINT FRANCIS IS REVEALED TO LADY JACOBA OF SETTESOLI AND ETERNAL SALVATION IS REVEALED TO BLESSED FRANCIS

1 A few days before his death when blessed Francis was lying ill in the palace of the bishop of Assisi, out of devotion he frequently sang certain praises of God with some of his companions. And when because of illness he was not able to sing, he often made his companions sing. The people of Assisi meanwhile, fearing that such a valuable treasure might be taken out of Assisi, had that palace closely guarded night and day by many armed men.

3 When the holy man had been lying ill there for several days, one of his companions said to him: "Father, you know that the people of this city have great faith in you and consider you a holy man. Therefore, they might think that if there is holiness in you, as everyone says, you should be thinking about death while you are so seriously ill, and weep rather than sing. Now this singing of praises which we're doing here is being heard by many people, because on your account the palace is being guarded by a great multitude of armed

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 471

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