The Deeds of Blessed Francis & His Companions (1328-1337) - 559 

the persons, the regions, the ages, and the offices of both sides, that is, of light and of darkness. That whirlwind and savage storm, justly permitted, lasted until the tree, torn up by the roots, crashed to the ground, broken and splintered by the whirlwind, and the storm vanished, dispersed to the four winds.

27 When this whirlwind and storm ended, a golden shoot sprang up from that golden root; it was entirely golden and produced golden leaves and fruits and flowers. It is better to keep silent than to speak about the spreading, the depth, the height, the fragrance, the beauty, and strength of this tree.

28 However, I do not want to omit this one thing which the one who contemplated this true vision said and which sounded remarkable to my ears. He said, "The manner of reforming will not be like the manner of founding, but entirely unlike it: for the working of the Spirit of Christ will choose uneducated youths without a leader, simple, overlooked, and despised people; and without example or teacher, in fact, contrary to the teaching and customs of the teachers, and will select them with holy fear and the most pure love of Christ. And after he will have multiplied such as these in various places, then he will send them a shepherd and leader who is completely divine, completely holy, innocent, and conformed to Christ.

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

Appendix

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THE MIRACLE OF THE STIGMATA OF SAINT FRANCIS, WHAT HAPPENED IN A CONVENT OF THE FRIARS PREACHERa

1 How worthy were those wonderful stigmata of Saint Francis is apparent from a certain venerable miracle which was evidently brought to view in a certain convent of the Friars Preacher. In that convent there was a Friar Preacher who in his heart so disliked blessed Francis that he could neither look at a picture, nor listen to a word, nor believe in his heart that Francis had been marked with the sacred stigmata. Therefore, when this brother was staying in a convent beyond the Alps, in the refectory of which was a picture of Saint Francis with the sacred stigmata, he was incited by his lack of belief

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