The Little Flowers of Saint Francis (after 1337) - 609 

Then, as it pleased God, that leper who had been cured in body and soul, after fifteen days of penance, became ill with another illness. Armed with the sacraments of the Church, he died a holy death. And his soul, going to Paradise, appeared in the air to Saint Francis, who was praying in the woods, and said to him: "Do you recognize me?" "Who are you?" Saint Francis said. "I am the leper the blessed Christ cured through your merits, and today I am going to eternal life, and I give thanks to God and to you. Blessed be your soul and your body; and blessed be your holy words and actions, because through you many souls will be saved in the world. Know that there is never a day when the holy angels and the other saints do not thank God for the holy fruit that you and your Order produce in different parts of the world; and be comforted and thank God, and remain with His blessing." Having said these words, he went to heaven, and Saint Francis remained greatly consoled.

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

Chapter 26
HOW SAINT FRANCIS CONVERTED THREE MURDEROUS ROBBERS AND THEY BECAME BROTHERS; AND THE VERY NOBLE VISION SEEN BY ONE OF THEM WHO WAS A VERY HOLY BROTHER

One time when Saint Francis was going through the area of Borgo San Sepolcro, he passed through a village named Monte Casale, and a young man came to him. He was noble and refined, and said to him: "Father, I would very much like to be one of your brothers." Saint Francis responded: "My son, you are young, refined and noble: perhaps you couldn't bear our poverty and hardship." But he said: "Father, aren't all of you human, like me? If you can endure it, so can I, with the grace of Christ." This answer pleased Saint Francis very much and so, blessing him, he immediately received him into the Order, and gave him the name Brother Angelo. And this young man behaved so graciously that shortly afterward Saint Francis made him Guardian in that place of Monte Casale.

At that time three famous robbers frequented that area, and they committed many evil deeds in the area. One day they came to that place of the brothers and asked Brother Angelo, the Guardian, to give

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 609

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