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27Let us, therefore, hold onto the words, the life, the teaching and the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ Who humbled Himself to beg His Father for us and to make His name known saying: Father, I have made Your name known to those whom You have given me. Jn 17:6 ET CETERA UNTIL: 28Father, I wish that those whom You have given me may be where I am that they may see Your glory in Your kingdom. Jn 17:24 Mt 20:21 29Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

30Let them express the delight for the poor that they have for one another as the Apostle says: Let us not love in word or speech, Jn 17:24 ET CETERA.

31Let all the brothers, wherever they may be or may go, avoid evil glances and association with women. Let no one counsel them. FURTHER ON: 32Let us all keep close watch over ourselves and keep all our members clean, for the Lord says: Whoever looks at a woman with lust, Mt 5:28 ET CETERA.

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33When the brothers go through the world, let them take nothing for the journey, neither knapsack nor purse, nor bread, nor money, Lk 10:4 Lk 9:3 nor walking stick. FURTHER DOWN: 34[Let them not resist anyone evil, but whoever strikes them on one cheek, Mt 10:10 let them offer] him the other as well. 35[Whoever takes their cloak and tunic, let them not withhold, Mt 5:39 Lk 6:29] and whoever [takes] what is [theirs, let them not take it back. Lk 6:30

36The brothers who] go with the permission of their minister can live spiritually among nonbelievers in two ways. 37One way is not to engage in arguments or disputes but to be subject to every human creature for God’s sake 1 Pt 2:13 and to acknowledge they are Christians. 38The other way is to announce the Word of God, when they see it pleases God, in order that they may believe in the all-powerful God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

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39Let all my brothers, wherever they may be, remember that they have given themselves and abandoned their bodies to the Lord Jesus Christ. 40For love of Him, they must endure persecution and death from their enemies, both visible and invisible, ET CETERA.

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41Let the brothers preach in every way. 42No minister or preacher may make a ministry of the brothers or the office of preaching his own, but, when he is told, let him set it aside without objection. 43In the love that is God, 1 Jn 4:16 therefore, I beg all my brothers—those who preach, pray, or work, cleric or lay—to strive to humble themselves in everything,

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Fragmenta alterius regulae non bullatae, Fontes Franciscani, p. 125-127


27Teneamus ergo verba, doctrinam, vitam et sanctum evangelium Domini nostri Jesu Christi, qui dignatus est pro nobis rogare Patrem et nobis suum nomen manifestare dicens: Pater, manifestavi nomen tuum hominibus ET CETERA USQUE IBI: 28Pater, quos dedisti mihi, volo, ut ubi sum et illi sint mecum, ut videant claritatem meam in regno tuo. 29Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto, sicut erat in principio et nunc et semper et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

30Et ostendant fratres pauperibus delectationem quam habent invicem, sicut dicit apostolus: Non diligamus verbo neque lingua ET CETERA.

31Omnes fratres, ubicumque sunt, caveant sibi a malo visu et frequentia mulierum et nullus cum eis consilietur solus. 32INFRA: Et multum nos et omnia membra nostra munda teneamus, quia dicit Dominus: Omnis qui viderit mulierem ad concupiscendum ET CETERA.

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33Quando fratres vadunt per mundum nihil portent per viam neque sacculum neque peram neque panem neque pecuniam neque virgam neque calceamenta. INFRA: 34[Non resistant malo, sed qui eos percusserit in una maxilla, praebeant] ei et alteram. 35[Et qui aufert eis vestimentum, et tunicam non prohibeant], et qui auf[ert ab eis] quae sua [sunt, non repetant].

36Fratres qui de] licentia sui ministri vadunt inter infideles duobus modis p[ossunt] conversari spiritualiter. 37Unus modus est, quod non faciant lites neque contentiones, sed sint subditi omni humanae creaturae propter Deum et confiteantur se esse christianos. 38Alius modus est, quod, cum viderint Deo placere, annuntient verbum Dei, ut credant in Deum Patrem omnipotentem et Filium et Spiritum Sanctum.

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39Et omnes,fratres, ubicumque sint, recordentur, quod dederunt se et reliquerunt se et corpora sua Domino Jesu Christo. 40Et pro eius amore debent sustinere persecutionem et mortem tam abinimicis visibilibus et invisibilibus; ET CETERA.

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41Omnes fratres moribus praedicent. 42Nullus minister vel praedicator, appropriet sibi ministerium vel officium praedicationis, sed quacumque [!] ei iniunctum fuerit, dimittat officium suum. 43Unde deprecor in caritate, quae est Deus omnes fratres meos praedicatores, oratores, laboratores, tam clericos quam laicos, ut studeant se humiliare in omnibus

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 89

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