Later Admonition and Exhortation - 45 

Later Admonition and Exhortation
To the Brothers and Sisters of Penance
(Second Version of the Letter to the Faithful)a
(1220?)

This writing may have been written upon Francis’s return from his journey to the Middle East in the Spring of 1220, for not only does it speak of his weakened condition but also suggests the post-conciliar concerns of Pope Honorius III. At the same time, it recalls Francis’s earlier exhortation to the Brothers and Sisters of Penance and encourages its observance in light of many of the teachings of the Fourth Lateran Council.

1In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Brother Francis, their servant and subject, sends esteem and reverence, true peace from heaven and sincere love in the Lord to all Christian religious people: clergy and laity, men and women, and to all who live in the whole world.b

2Because I am the servant of all, I am obliged to serve all and to administer the fragrant words of my Lord to them.c 3Therefore, realizing that I could not visit each one of you personally because of sickness and the weakness of my body, I decided to offer you in this letter and message the words of our Lord Jesus Christ,Whois the Word of the Father, and the words of the Holy Spirit, which are spirit and life.d

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Epistola ad fideles (Recensio posterior), Fontes Franciscani, p. 79


Epistola ad fideles
(Recensio posterior)

1In nomine Domini Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

Universis christianis religiosis, clericis et laicis, masculis et feminis, omnibus qui habitant in universo mundo, frater Franciscus, eorum servus et subditus, obsequium cum reverentia, pacem veram de caelo et sinceram in Domino caritatem.

2Cum sim servus omnium, omnibus servire teneor et administrare odorifera verba Domini mei. 3Unde in mente considerans, quod cum personaliter propter infirmitatem et debilitatem mei corporis non possim singulos visitare, proposui litteris praesentibus et nuntiis verba Domini nostri Jesu Christi, qui est Verbum Patris, vobis referre et verba Spiritus Sancti, quae spiritus et vita sunt.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 45

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