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 The Little Flowers of Saint Francis (after 1337) - 631 

Francis his servant. And, as it pleased God, the pope granted this: he was to return and, if he found Brother Elias alive, he should absolve him on his behalf from the excommunication and restore the habit to him. So the brother departed happy over this and returned to Brother Elias in a great hurry; and finding him alive, but almost at the point of death, he absolved him from the excommunication and, as he was putting the habit on him, Brother Elias passed from this life, and his soul was saved by the merits of Saint Francis and by his prayer, in which Brother Elias had such great faith.

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

Chapter 39

Sir Saint Anthony of Padua, that wonderful vessel of the Holy Spirit and one of the chosen disciples and companions of Saint Francis, whom Saint Francis called his bishop, was preaching one time before the pope and the cardinals in a consistory, and in that consistory there were men of different nations, Greek, Latin, French, German, Slavs, English and many others of diverse languages of the world. Inflamed by the Holy Spirit, he proclaimed the word of God so effectively, so devoutly, so subtly, so sweetly, so clearly, and so understandably that all those who were in the Consistory, though of different languages, understood clearly his every word, as if he had spoken in the language of each of them; and all were amazed, and it seemed that the ancient miracle of the Apostles at the time of Pentecost had been renewed, as they had spoken in every language by virtue of the Holy Spirit.

Together they said to each other in amazement: "The one who is preaching, is he not from Spain? Then how do we all hear in his words the language of our own countries?" The pope also, reflecting and marveling at the profundity of his words, said: "He is truly the Ark of the Covenant and the Library of Holy Scripture."

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




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 631

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