The Life of Saint Francis by Thomas of Celano - 271 

turbed or troubled he became, when he saw or talked to Saint Francis the clouds inside him would break up and clear weather would return; his depression would vanish and joy would pour down over him.

This man ministered to blessed Francis, as a servant to his lord, and, whenever he saw him, he offered the reverence due to an apostle of Christ. Lk 12:37 1 Cor 1:1 Bowing before him both outwardly and inwardly, he would often kiss his hand with his consecrated lips.

With devotion and care, he tried to find a way for the blessed father to regain the earlier health of his eyes, knowing he was a holy and just man, very much needed and useful to the Church of God. Acts 3:14 Neh 2:2 He shared in worrying about him with the whole assembly of the brothers, pitying the sons because of their father. Ps 103:13 [Vulgate, Ps 102:13] Then he advised the holy father to take care of himself and not to refuse the things needed to treat his illness, because neglecting them would not be considered praiseworthy but sinful. Saint Francis humbly observed what such a revered lord and a beloved father told him. From then on he more carefully and freely did what was needed for his treatment. But now the illness had grown so bad that any relief at all required the greatest expertise and demanded the most bitter medicine. This is what was done: his head was cauterized in several places, his veins opened, poultices applied, and drops poured into his eyes. Yet he had no improvement but kept getting steadily worse. Ps 89:23 [Vulgate, Ps 88:23] Mk 5:26

Chapter VI
THE CONDUCT OF THE BROTHERS ATTENDING SAINT FRANCIS AND THE WAY HE DECIDED TO LIVE

 102 For nearly two years he endured these things
with complete patience and humility,
in all things giving thanks to God.
But in order to be able
to devote his attention to God more freely,
he entrusted his own care to certain brothers,
who with good reason were very dear to him.
Thus he could more freely explore in frequent ecstasy of Spirit
2 Cor 5:13
the blessed dwelling places of 
and, in the abundance of grace, stand in heavenly places
before the gentle and serene Lord of all things.
Eph 1:3 2 Mc 14:35

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Vita Prima, Fontes Franciscani, p. 378-380


quod numquam in tanta esset perturbatione seu animi motu, quod in visione ac collocutione sancti Francisci omne mentis nubilum non discederet rediretque serenum, effugaretur accidia et gaudium desuper aspiraret.

3Ministrabat iste beato Francisco tamquam servus domino suo, et quoties videbat eum, tamquam Christi apostolo reverentiam exhibebat, et inclinato utroque homine, saepe manus eius deosculabatur ore sacrato.

4Curabat sollicitus et devotus, quomodo beatus pater recuperare posset oculorum pristinam sanitatem, sciens eum virum sanctum et iustum, et Ecclesiae Dei necessarium et utilem valde nimis.5Compatiebatur super eum universae congregationi fratrum et filios miserabatur in patrem.6Monebat proinde sanctum patrem curam gerere sui et infirmitatis necessaria non abicere, ne ad peccatum aliquod potius quam ad meritum horum deputaretur incuria.7Sanctus Franciscus vero quae sibi a tam reverendo domino et tam carissimo patre dicebantur, humiliter observabat, cautius deinde agens et securius necessaria curae suae. 8Sed in tantum iam creverat malum quod ad remedium qualecumque acutissima requirebat ingenia et acerbissima medicamina exposcebat.9Sicque factum est, quod in pluribus locis decocto capite, incisis venis, superpositis emplastris et immissis collyriis, nihil proficeret, sed quasi semper deterius se haberet.

Caput VI
De moribus fratrum famulantium sancto Francisco, et qualiter ipse disponebat conversari.

102 1Haec fere per duos annos in omni
patientia et humilitate sustinuit,
in omnibus gratias agens Deo.
2Sed ut ipse liberius suam intentionem
dirigere posset ad Deum,
et beatarum mansionum in caelo positarum,
frequenter mente excedens,
circuire posset ac ingredi officinas,
et in pinguedine gratiae
coram placidissimo et serenissimo universorum Domino se
in caelestibus praesentare,
quibusdam fratribus, merito sibi valde dilectis, commiserat curam sui.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 271

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