The Deeds of Blessed Francis & His Companions (1328-1337) - 518 

where he heard Brother Giles was staying.a Arriving like a poor, unknown pilgrim, at the Brothers' door escorted by few companions, he urgently asked for Brother Giles, without revealing to the porter anything about his identity. The porter went and told Brother Giles that a pilgrim was asking for him at the door. In spirit Brother Giles immediately knew that this was the king of France. As if intoxicated he left his cell and ran quickly to the door. There they both rushed together in amazing embraces and fell to their knees in devout kisses, as if they had known each other before and were the oldest of friends. After showing these signs of charitable love, neither said a word to the other, and observing complete silence they departed from each other.

6 As the king was leaving, one of his companions was asked by the brothers who that man was who rushed into such affectionate embraces with Brother Giles. He replied that it was Louis, King of France, who in his travels on pilgrimage wished to see Brother Giles. Having said this, he and the king's companions hurried off.

7 The brothers were grieved that Brother Giles had not offered some good word to the king and complained over and over: "O Brother Giles, why didn't you say something to such a great king who came from France to see you and to hear some good word from you?" Brother Giles replied: "Dearest brothers, don't be surprised if we didn't say anything to each other, because as soon as we embraced, the light of divine wisdom revealed his heart to me, and my heart to him. And in that eternal mirror, whatever he thought about saying to me, or I wanted to tell him, we heard with soft consolation without the noise of lips or tongue, and better than if we had spoken with our lips. If we had wished to describe by using the sounds of the voice things which we felt inside, that very speaking would have caused desolation rather than consolation to both of us because of the insufficiencies of human language, which can describe divine secrets only by dim metaphor. Therefore, you should know that the king departed wonderfully consoled."

To the praise and glory of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who is blessed forever. Rom 1:25
Amen.

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 518

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