The Life of Saint Francis by Thomas of Celano - 258 

The Second Book

HERE BEGINS THE SECOND BOOK REGARDING JUST TWO YEARS OF THE LIFE AND THE HAPPY DEATH OF OUR BLESSED FATHER FRANCIS

Chapter I
[THE CHARACTER OF THIS BOOK, THE TIME WHEN SAINT FRANCIS BLESSEDLY DIED, AND HIS ACHIEVEMENTS]a

88 In the previous book, which by the Savior’s grace we have brought to a fitting conclusion, we have written down the story of the life and deeds of our blessed father Francis up to the eighteenth year of his conversion. In this book, we shall add a brief account of his remaining deeds, beginning with the next to last year of his life, as we have been able to determine them. For now we intend to note only those things that seem more important so that those who wish to say more about them may always find something to add.

For in the one thousandth, two hundredth, and twenty-sixth year
of the Incarnation of the Lord,
in the fourteenth year of the indiction,b
on the fourth day before the Nones of October,c
a Sunday, our most blessed father Francis departed from the prison of the flesh
and soared to the dwellings of the heavenly spirits. This happened in the city of Assisi where he was born
at Saint Mary of the Portiuncula 
where he first planted the Order of Lesser Brothers,

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Vita Prima, Fontes Franciscani, p. 363-364


OPUSCULUM SECUNDUM.

Incipit secundum opusculum de vita duorum annorum tantum, et de felici obitu beatissimi patris nostri Francisci.

Caput I
[De tenore huius opusculi, de tempore quo S. Franciscus feliciter obiit, et de profectibus ipsius].


88 1Superiore quidem tractatu, quem gratia Salvatoris congruo fine conclusimus, vitam et actus beatissimi patris nostri Francisci usque ad octavum decimum conversionis suae annum enarrando utcumque conscripsimus2Reliqua vero gesta ipsius a paenultimo vitae suae anno, prout potuimus recte scire, huic opusculo breviter adnectemus, et ea sola, quae necessario magis occurrunt, ad praesens intendimus adnotare, ut qui plus his dicere cupiunt, quid addant semper valeant invenire.

3Anno siquidem Dominicae Incarnationis
millesimo ducentesimo vicesimo sexto,
quarta decima indictione,
quarto nonas Octobris,
die dominico,
beatissimus pater noster Franciscus
in civitate Assisii,
de qua ortus est,
apud Sanctam Mariam de Portiuncula,
ubi ordinem fratrum Minorum ipse primo plantavit,
expletis viginti annis ex quo perfectissime adhaesit Christo,
Apostolorum vitam et vestigia sequens,
egressus de carnis ergastulo,
ad caelestium spirituum mansiones,
perfecte quae coepit consummans,
felicissime convolavit.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 258

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