The Little Flowers of Saint Francis (after 1337) - 635 

there any more. Then Brother Simon, as he usually did, had him sit down beside him and, as he was speaking to him of God, the young man leaned his head onto Brother Simon's breast out of melancholy and sadness. Then Brother Simon, because of the great compassion he had toward him, raised his eyes to heaven Jn 17:1 and, praying to God devoutly for him, was enraptured and heard by God; then he returned to himself, and the young man felt himself completed freed from that temptation, as if he had never felt it.

Rather, the heat of the temptation changed into the heat of the Holy Spirit, because he was near burning coal, that is, near Brother Simon, and he became all inflamed with love of God and neighbor, so much that when a criminal was once captured, both of whose eyes were to be torn out, he, out of compassion, went hotly to the Rector in front of the whole Council, and with many tears and devout pleas asked that one of his eyes be torn out, and another from the criminal, so the man would not be deprived of both. But the Rector and the Council, seeing the great fervor of charity of this brother, gave a pardon to the one and the other.

When the same Brother Simon was in the woods one day at prayer and feeling great consolation in his soul, a flock of crows began to annoy him with their cries, so he commanded them in the name of Jesus Christ to depart and not return there again. And those birds departed at that moment, and from then on they were never heard nor seen, neither there nor in the whole surrounding area. And this miracle was known throughout the whole custody of Fermo, in which that place was located.

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

Chapter 42
ABOUT THE BEAUTIFUL MIRACLES GOD WORKED THROUGH THE HOLY BROTHERS, BROTHER BENTIVOGLIA, BROTHER PETER OF MONTICELLO AND BROTHER CONRAD OF OFFIDA; AND HOW BROTHER BENTIVOGLIA CARRIED A LEPER FIFTEEN MILES IN A VERY SHORT TIME; AND SAINT MICHAEL SPOKE TO ANOTHER; AND THE VIRGIN MARY CAME TO ANOTHER AND PUT HER SON IN HIS ARMS

The Province of the March of Ancona in olden days was adorned with holy and exemplary brothers as the sky is with stars, and they, like the lights of heaven, have illuminated and adorned the Order of

 Previous

Next 

 

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 635

Hardcopies Available for Purchase