The Little Flowers of Saint Francis (after 1337) - 585 

honor, he didn't even say a kind word or thank him." And it seemed to Brother Masseo that Saint Francis had acted in this way without discernment. But then, by divine inspiration, returning to himself and reproving himself, he said within his heart, "Brother Masseo, you are too proud, you judge the works of God, and you're worthy of hell for your indiscreet pride. Yesterday Brother Francis did such holy deeds that if they had been done by an Angel of God they would not have been more marvelous. So if he should command you to throw stones, you would have to do it and obey him, since what he has done on this road came from divine operation, as demonstrated by the good end that followed. If he had not brought peace to those who were fighting, not only would many bodies be dead from the sword, as had already begun to happen, but even more than that, the devil would have carried many souls off to hell. But you're very stupid and proud, grumbling about what clearly comes from the will of God."

And all these things that Brother Masseo was saying in his heart, while walking ahead, were revealed by God to Saint Francis. So Saint Francis drew up to him and said, "Hold onto those things that you're thinking now, because they are good and useful and inspired by God. But that first grumbling you were doing was blind and vain and proud and it was put into your mind by the demon." Then Brother Masseo clearly saw that Saint Francis knew the secrets of his heart, and understood surely that the spirit of divine Wisdom guided the holy faith in all his actions.

To the praise of Jesus Christ
and the little poor man, Francis.
Amen.

Chapter 12
HOW SAINT FRANCIS PUT BROTHER MASSEO IN CHARGE OF THE DOOR, ALMS AND COOKING; THEN AT THE REQUEST OF THE BROTHERS HE REMOVED HIM

Saint Francis wanted to make Brother Masseo humble, so that he would not lift himself up in vainglory because of the many gifts and graces God gave him, but by virtue of humility with these to grow from virtue to virtue. One time when he was staying in a solitary place with those truly holy first companions of his, among whom was the same Brother Masseo, he said one day to Brother Masseo, in front of all the companions: "O Brother Masseo, all these

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 585

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