The Deeds of Blessed Francis & His Companions (1328-1337) - 500 

saints and led his soul, purged in that vision with the angel-guide, to the joys of the blessed.

To the praise of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Amen.

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SAINT FRANCIS, WHILE PREACHING AT BOLOGNA, CONVERTS TWO NOBLES FROM THE MARCHES OF ANCONA, BROTHER PELLEGRINO AND BROTHER RICCERIO

1 Once when Saint Francis was traveling through the world, he came to the city of Bologna. When the people learned of his arrival, they all came running to him, so that he could hardly move along the ground. They all wanted to see this new flower of the world and angel of the Lord. As a result he could reach the city square only with the greatest pains. With the great crowd of people gathered there, men, women, and many scholars,a Saint Francis arose in their midst and with the Holy Spirit dictating, he preached such marvelous and amazing things that he seemed not a man but an angel. For those heavenly words of his seemed like sharp arrows of a warrior coming from the bow of divine wisdom, which so powerfully penetrated the hearts of them all that he turned the huge multitude of men and women from a state of sin to tears of repentance.b

5 Among those who were there were students from the more noble families of the Marches of Ancona, that is Pellegrino of the house of Falerone and Riccerio of Muccia. These among others, touched deeply by the holy words of the holy Father, came to blessed Francis and said that they wished to leave the world entirely and take the habit of his brothers. Saint Francis, considering their fervor, knew by the Holy Spirit that they were sent by God; and he also knew the way of living each would take on himself. So he received them happily, and said: "You, Pellegrino, hold to the way of humility; and you, Riccerio, serve your brothers." And so it was.

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