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most holy poverty. And further, on His behalf, we tell you that whoever by your example will perfectly follow this desire is assured of the blessedness of eternal life. And you and all your followers will be blessed by God." After saying these words they disappeared, leaving Saint Francis filled with consolation. He rose from prayer and went to his companion, and asked him if God had revealed anything to him, and he answered, "No." Then Saint Francis told him how the holy Apostles had appeared to him and what they had revealed to him. Each was full of joy because of this and they decided to return to the valley of Spoleto, giving up their journey to France.

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

Chapter 14

At the beginning of the religion, Saint Francis had gathered in a place with his brothers to speak of Christ. In fervor of spirit he commanded one of them in the name of God to open his mouth and speak of God as the Holy Spirit inspired him. As the brother fulfilled the command, speaking wonderfully of God, Saint Francis imposed silence on him, and commanded a similar thing of another brother. As he obeyed and spoke subtly of God, Saint Francis similarly imposed silence on him; and commanded the third one to speak of God. He similarly began to speak so profoundly of the secret things of God that Saint Francis knew for certain that he, like the other two, spoke by the Holy Spirit. And this was shown by an example and a clear sign, since while they were speaking, the blessed Christ appeared in their midst in the appearance and form of a very handsome young man, who blessed them all, filling them with such grace and sweetness that all were rapt out of themselves, lying as if dead, feeling nothing of this world. Then, as they returned to themselves, Saint Francis said to them, "My dearest brothers, give thanks to God who has willed to reveal the treasures of divine wisdom through the mouths of the simple, since God is the one who opens the mouth of the mute, and makes the tongues of the simple speak very wisely."




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 589