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Chapter 13
HOW SAINT FRANCIS AND BROTHER MASSEO PUT THE BREAD THEY RECEIVED ON TOP OF A ROCK NEXT TO A SPRING, AND SAINT FRANCIS PRAISED POVERTY MUCH. THEN HE PRAYED GOD AND SAINT PETER AND SAINT PAUL TO GIVE HIM LOVE FOR HOLY POVERTY, AND HOW SAINT PETER AND SAINT PAUL APPEARED TO HIM

The wonderful servant and follower of Christ, that is, Sir Saint Francis, in order to conform himself perfectly to Christ in everything, who, according to what the Gospel says, sent His disciples two by two Lk 10:1 to all those cities and places where they had to go, after the example of Christ, sent them two by two through the world to preach. And to give an example of true obedience to them, he began first Acts 1:1to do what he taught. Thus, having assigned the other parts of the world to the companions, he took the road toward the region of France, taking Brother Masseo as companion. And one day coming to a village quite hungry, they went begging bread for the love of God, according to the Rule. And Saint Francis went through one neighborhood and Brother Masseo through another. But since Saint Francis was such a worthless-looking man and small of body, and for that reason was considered a lowly little poor man by those who did not know him, he only got a few mouthfuls and some little pieces of dry bread. But Brother Masseo, since he was a big man and handsome of body, was given good, large portions, and plenty of them, and whole loaves of bread.

Having received these, they met together in a place outside the town to eat, where there was a beautiful spring, with a good big rock next to it, upon which each placed all the alms he had received. And when Saint Francis saw that Brother Masseo's pieces of bread were greater in number, in beauty, and in size than his own, he expressed great joy and said, "O Brother Masseo, we don't deserve such a great treasure." And as he was repeating these words several times, Brother Masseo replied, "Father, how can you call this a treasure, where there is such poverty and lack of essentials? Here there is no table-cloth, no knife, no dishes, no bowls, no house, no table, no waiter, no maid." Saint Francis said, "And this is what I consider the great treasure, where there is not a single thing prepared by human skill; but what there is here is prepared by divine providence, as you can see clearly in the bread we received, in such a beautiful table of rock, and such a clear spring. But I want God to make us love wholeheartedly the treasure of holy poverty, so noble as to have God for a servant." And having said these words and made a prayer and taken

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