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of the Eternal King Jesus Christ before the Resurrection and after it, by a singular mystery. Because of all these things you are greatly bound to praise and bless God, Who has given you so many and such great gifts, more than to other creatures." At these and similar words the fish began to open their mouths and bowed their heads, and with these and other signs of reverence, according to what was possible to them, they praised God. Then Saint Anthony, seeing the great reverence of the fish toward God the Creator, rejoicing in spirit, cried out in a loud voice: "Blessed be the Eternal God, because aquatic fish honor God more than heretic humans, and unreasoning animals hear His word better than unbelieving people!" And the more Saint Anthony preached, the more the number of fish increased, and not one left the place which it had taken.

The people of the city began to run toward this miracle, and among them were even those same heretics who, on seeing such an amazing and clear miracle, stricken to the heart, threw themselves at the feet of Saint Anthony to hear his sermon. And then Saint Anthony began to preach about the Catholic faith, and he preached about it so nobly that he converted all those heretics and they returned to the true faith of Christ; and all the faithful were filled with joy, comforted and strengthened in the faith. Having done this, Saint Anthony dismissed the fish with God's blessing, and all of them departed with amazing gestures of joy, and the people too. And then Saint Anthony stayed for many days in Rimini, preaching and producing great spiritual fruit of souls.

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

Chapter 41
HOW THE VENERABLE BROTHER SIMON FREED FROM A GREAT TEMPTATION A BROTHER WHO FOR THIS REASON WANTED TO LEAVE THE ORDER

Near the beginning of the Order, while Saint Francis was alive, a young man of Assisi came to the Order, and he was called Brother Simon, and God adorned him and gifted him with so much grace and so much contemplation and elevation of spirit that his whole life was a mirror of holiness, as I heard from those who were with him for a long time. He rarely was seen outside the cell and, if he was with the brothers sometimes, he always spoke of God. He had never learned

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 633

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