The Deeds of Blessed Francis & His Companions (1328-1337) - 526 

28 Therefore, on the advice of the holy brother, he sold everything he had, and restored what had to be returned, and distributed all the rest to the poor according to the holy Gospel; and offering himself to God, he entered the Order of Lesser Brothers, and with laudable perseverance observing his promise he completed a holy life.a His other old partners in crime and accomplices, with heartfelt remorse, changed their lives for the better. Thus the holy simplicity of those brothers bore fruit not by preaching about literary authorities or Aristotle, but about the pains of hell and the glory of paradise in brief words, as it says in the Holy Rule.b

Thanks be to God!
Amen.

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THE WONDERFUL DEEDS OF SOME BROTHER OF THE PROVINCE OF THE MARCHES AND HOW THE BLESSED VIRGIN APPEARED TO BROTHER CONRAD IN THE WOODS AT FORANO

1 The Province of the Marches of Ancona was like a beautiful starry sky, with outstanding stars, that is, with holy Lesser Brothers who high and low before God and neighbor shone with radiant virtues, and whose memory is truly held in divine blessing. Sir 45:1 c

2 Among them there were some like the greater stars more brilliant than others,d such as Brother Lucido the Elder, who was truly shining in holiness and burning Jn 5:35 with divine charity. His renowned gift of speech, taught by the Holy Spirit, produced admirable fruit.e

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