The Deeds of Blessed Francis & His Companions (1328-1337) - 478 

words the most faithful God. For just as He makes the earth grow plants and lilies, and just as He feeds even the birds of the air, so He provides everything necessary for his devoted poor.a

26 During that Chapter Saint Francis was told that many of the brothers were wearing chain-mail and iron bands next to their skin, which caused some to become sick, others to die, and many to be prevented from praying. Therefore, as a very discerning father, he commanded them all under saving obedience, that whoever had chain-mail and iron bands to put them down in his sight. Five hundred pieces of chain-mail were found, and iron bands for arms and waists in such numbers that they made a huge pile, which he made them leave there. After this the holy Father instructed and consoled them all. He taught them how to leave behind this present worthless world; then, when all were consoled with the blessing of God and spiritual joy he sent them back into the various provinces of the world.

To the praise of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

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GOD SPEAKS TO SAINT FRANCIS AND SAINT FRANCIS MAKES THE WINE INCREASE IN A VINEYARD WHERE THERE ARE NO GRAPES

1 When Saint Francis was suffering from a grave eye affliction, Lord Hugolino, Cardinal Protector of the Order, who loved him deeply, sent for him to come to Rieti where there were some excellent eye doctors. After he received the letter from the Lord Cardinal, Blessed Francis went first to San Damiano, where Saint Clare was staying, the most devout spouse of Christ. For he had resolved that, before he left, he would give consolation to Saint Clare, and then leave for Rieti.

3 So, Saint Francis went to San Damiano, and the next night his eyes became so weak that he was unable to see any light. Therefore Blessed Clare made a little cell of for him where Saint Francis could stay somewhat removed. And he stayed there for fifty days with such pain in his eyes and with such demon-instigated annoyance from

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