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 The Life of Saint Francis by Julian of Speyer - 382 

After these things, it happened that four other suitable men were joined to the little flock, Lk 12:32 and so the number of the brothers was increased to twelve. Thus the fame of the holy man and of his companions now began to spread more widely, and inasmuch as they rejoiced over the conversion of sinners without regard to persons, 1 Pt 1:17 their joy in the Lord increased daily.




Iuliani de Spira Officium Sancti Francisci, Fontes Franciscani, p.

7Factum est autem post haec ut eidem pusillo gregi quatuor alii viri idonei iungerentur, et sic duodenarius fratrum numerus impleretur. 8Coepit itaque sancti viri suorumque iam latius fama diffundi; sed et quo super peccatorum conversione sine personarum acceptione gaudebant, illorum in Domino quotidie gaudium augmentari.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 382

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