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word of God is a seed. Lk 8:11 8What fell on the path and was trampled under foot, Lk 8:5 ET CETERA UNTIL: and bear fruit in patience. Lk 8:15 a

9Therefore, as the Lord says, brothers, let us let the dead Mt 8:22 ... 10Let us beware of the malice and skill of Satan, who does not want someone to turn his strength or heart to the Lord God. 1 Pt 5:8 11As he prowls about he wants to ensnare a person’s heart under the guise of some reward or assistance, to choke out the word and precepts of the Lord from ourmemory, and, desiring a person’s heart, Mk 4:19 to blind it through worldly affairs and concerns and to live there, as the Lord says: 12When an unclean spirit Mt 12:43 ... ET CETERA UNTIL: 13the last state of that person is worse than the first. Lk 11:26

14Therefore, all my brothers, let us be very much on our guard that, under the guise of some reward or assistance, we do not lose or take our mind away from God. 15But, in the holy love that is God, 1 Jn 4:16 I beg all my brothers, both the ministers and the others, after overcoming every impediment and putting aside every care and anxiety, to serve, love, honor and adore the Lord God with a clean heart and a pure mind in whatever way they are best able to do so for that is what He wants above all else. 16Let us always make a home and a dwelling place Jn 14:23 for Him Who is the Lord God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Who says: Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man. When you stand to pray, say: Our Father in heaven. Lk 21:36 Mk 11:25 Lk 11:2 Mt 6:9 17Let us adore Him with a pure heart, because it is necessary to pray always and not lose heart; for the Father seeks such Lk 18:1 Jn 4:23 people who adore Him. 18God is Spirit and those who adore Him must adore Him in Spirit and truth. Jn 4:24 19Let us have recourse to Him as to the Shepherd and Guardian of our souls, 1 Pt 2:25 Who says: “I am the Good Shepherd Jn 10:11 ...” ET CETERA UNTIL: “I lay down My life for my sheep.” 20All of you are brothers. Do not call anyone on earth your father, ET CETERA. 21Do not call yourselves teachers, Mt 23:8 Mt 23:9 Mt 23:10 ET CETERA. 22If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. Jn 15:7 23Wherever two or three are gathered together in my name, Mt 18:20 ET CETERA. 24Behold I am with you always, Mt 28:20 ET CETERA. 25The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. Jn 6:63 26I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jn 14:6

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Fragmenta alterius regulae non bullatae, Fontes Franciscani, p. 124-125


7multum caveamus, ne simus terra secus viam posita petrosa vel spinosa, secundum quod dicit Dominus in evangelio: Semen est verbum Dei; quod autem secus viam cecidit, conculcatum est ET CETERA USQUE IBI:8fructum afferunt in patientia.

9Et propterea omnes fratres, sicut dicit Dominus: Dimittamus mortuos... suos; 10et multum caveamus a malitia et subtilitate satanae, qui vult, ne homo virtutem suam et cor suum habeat ad Dominum Deum; 11et circuiens desideret cor hominis sub specie alicuius mercedis vel adiutorii tollere et suffocare verbum et praecepta Domini a memoria et volens cor hominis per saecularia negotia et curas inhabitare et excaecare, sicut dicit Dominus: 12Cum immundus spiritus ET CETERA USQUE IBI: 13Fiunt novissima illius hominis peiora prioribus.

14Unde, omnes fratres, custodiamus nos multum, ne sub specie alicuius operis vel mercedis vel adiutorii perdamus aut tollamus mentem nostram et cor a Domino. 15Sed in caritate, quae Deus est, rogo omnes fratres tam ministros quam alios, ut omni impedimento remoto, omni cura et sollicitudine postposita, quocumque possunt, amare, servire et adorare Dominum Deum mundo corde et pura mente faciant, quod ipse super omnia quaerit, 16et semper faciamus habi taculum et mansionem ipsi, qui est Dominus Deus omnipotens, Pater et Filius et Spiritus Sanctus, qui dixit: Vigilate itaque omni tempore orantes, ut digni habeamini fugere omnia mala, quae ventura sunt et stare ante Filium hominis; et cum stabitis ad orandum, dicite: Pater noster. 17Et adoremus eum puro corde, quoniam oportet semper orare et non deficere; nam et Pater tales quaerit adoratores. 18Spiritus est Deus et eos qui adorant eum, in spiritu et veritate oportet adorare. 19Et ad eum recurramus tamquam ad pastorem et episcopum animarum nostrarum, qui dicit: Ego sum pastor bonus ET CETERA USQUE IBI: animam meam pono pro ovibus meis. 20Omnes vos fratres estis et patrem nolite vocare vobis super terram ET CETERA. 21Ne (!) vocemini magistri ET CETERA. 22Si manseritis in me et verba mea in vobis manserint, quodcumque volueritis, petetis et fiet vobis. 23Ubicumque sunt duo vel tres congregati in nomine meo ET CETERA. 24Ecce ego vobiscum sum in omnibus diebus ET CETERA. 25Verba quae locutus sum vobis, spiritus et vita sunt. 26Ego sum via, veritas et vita.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 88

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