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it, all to know it. In their conversations he wanted the brothers to speak of it often and to let it speak more often to the inner man, as encouragement in weariness and as a reminder of a sworn oath. He taught them to keep it always before their eyes as a reminder of the life they should lead, and, what is more, he wanted and taught the brothers that they should die with it.

It is therefore obvious that blessed Francis gave the very same rule to his brothers, as Christ gave to his followers.




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 716