The Life of Saint Francis by Julian of Speyer - 416 

public proclaiming while he was still alive, saw that glorious soul, freed from the flesh, in the form of a great and radiant star ascend directly to heaven Jos 8:20 as though borne over many waters, Ps 29:3 [Vulgate, Ps 28:3] on a small white cloud. 1 Kgs 18:44 Rv 14:14 No doubt, he who with contempt had crushed the husk of his flesh by grinding Dt 23:26 it on the earthly threshing floor of his troubled life, after the chaff had been threshed away, entered as pure grain into the granaries of the most high King. Mt 3:12 Having no more to do with mortal life, and about to triumph forever, he was joined to the living bread Jn 6:41 which, from the granary of poverty, had satisfied the hungry crowd of Christ so that it would not perish along the way. Mt 15:32

Well was he seen to ascend over many waters in the form of a star, borne on a little white cloud! Rv 14:14 Claimed as one cleansed from the waters Ps 18:16 [Vulgate, Ps 17:16] of earthly delight, he shone upon the multitude of peoples as much by his miracles as by his life and teaching. For people, as though blind, wandering in the wide way of perdition, Mt 7:13 Ps 107:40 [Vulgate, Ps 106:40] for all those following him in bands he enlarged the way of life, Mt 7:14 the bright way toward glory which previously was feared to have been narrowed to the few walking along it. Therefore, he reigns rich in his homeland due to the abundance of passing poverty. The kings of this world lie beneath him, those enriched here by the wretched want of things that perish.

71 The people of the city of Assisi came together praising God Acts 21:30 Lk 2:13 with unanimous joy because He had stooped to commend to them so great a trust. At first, there was great weeping by the sons for having had so great a father taken away, but, not long afterwards, this was changed into a song of joy! They saw a new thing which the Lord had made upon the earth; Jer 31:22 they saw, I say, a miracle worthy not of mourning but of cheering: the sacred body decorated with the stigmata of Christ. They looked at his limbs, previously diseased and rigid, now bending easily to the will of anyone touching them. His flesh, too, hard and purple before, now shone with marvelous whiteness as if it had regained boyhood softness and as if it were displaying the appearance of the glorified flesh on account of the greatness of its honor.

It was then glorious to see in such white flesh the likeness of the print of nails Jn 20:25—nails as black as iron, formed from his very flesh, placed in the middle of his hands and feet; and his right side, red with sacred blood.a His sons therefore cried for joy of heart Lam 5:15 and kissed the marks of the most high King on their father.

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


cuius nomen ideo subticetur eo quod tanto nollet praeconio gloriari dum viveret, vidit illam gloriosam animam carne solutam in stellae grandis et radiantis effigie; 2vidit, inquam, veluti super aquas multas, candida subvectam nubecula in caelum directe conscendere. 3Sic nimirum, qui contemptibilter in area vitae huius laboriosae spicam carnis terrena terendo confregerat, iam excussa palea, granum purum in horrea summi Regis ingreditur; 4sic mortali vita defunctus, aeternaliter victurus, vivo pani coniungitur, qui turbam Christi famelicam, ne in via deficeret, de paupertatis horreo satiarat.

5Et bene super aquas multas in specie stellae, candida subvectae nubecula, videbatur ascendere; quippe qui mundus ex aquis terrenae delectationis assumptus, multitudini populorum tam miraculis quam vita splenduerat et doctrina; 6quibus in lata perditionis via quasi caecis errantibus luminosum iter pandens ad gloriam, eam, quae prius stricta paucis in illa gradientibus timebatur, ampliaverat se turmatim sequentibus vitae viam. 7Regnat ergo dives in patria pro paupertatis transitoriae copia; regnat, inquam, sibi regibus huius mundi substratis, quos hic misera rerum pereuntium ditat inopia.

71 1Factus est itaque concursus populorum civitatis Assisii Deum unanimi iucunditate laudantium, eo quod tantum illis dignaretur commendare depositum. 2Erat autem primitus pro tanti patris subtractione planctus filiorum non modicus, qui non multo post in laetitiae canticum est conversus. 3Videbant namque novum illud, quod fecerat Dominus super terram; videbant, inquam, non planctu sed plausu dignum miraculum, sacrum videlicet corpus, Christi stigmatibus decoratum. 4Aspiciebant membra eius, morbida prius et rigida, iam tractabiliter pro tangentis se voluntate flectentia; 5carnem quoque, duram prius et lividam, veluti pueruli teneritudine iam resumpta, mirando candore, nitentem, et quasi carnis glorificatae speciem prae decoris magnitudine praetendentem.

6Gloriosum tunc erat in carne tam candida videre similitudinem fixurae clavorum immo, nigros ut ferrum clavos, ex ipsa carne formatos in medio pedum et manuum, dextrumque latus sacro sanguine rubricatum. 7Lacrimabantur itaque filii prae gaudio cordis, et osculabantur in patre signacula summi Regis.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 416

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