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 The Later Rule - 105 

the general minister of this fraternity and the office of preacher has been conferred upon him.

3Moreover, I admonish and exhort those brothers that when they preach their language be well-considered and chaste for the benefit and edification of the people, announcing to them vices and virtues, punishment and glory, with brevity, because our Lord when on earth kept his word brief. Rom 9:28 Is 10:22

[Chapter X]
The Admonition and Correction of the Brothers

1Let the brothers who are the ministers and servants of the others visit and admonish their brothers and humbly and charitably correct them, not commanding them anything that is against their soul and our rule. 2Let the brothers who are subject, however, remember that, for God’s sake, they have renounced their own wills. 3Therefore, I strictly command them to obey their ministers in everything they have promised the Lord to observe and which is not against their soul or our Rule.

4Wherever the brothers may be who know and feel they cannot observe the Rule spiritually, they can and should have recourse to their ministers. 5Let the ministers, moreover, receive them charitably and kindly and have such familiarity with thema that these same brothers may speak and deal with them as masters with their servants, 6for so it must be that the ministers are the servants of all the brothers.

7Moreover, I admonish and exhort the brothers in the Lord Jesus Christ to beware of all pride, vainglory, envy and greed, of care and solicitude for the things of this world, of detraction and murmuring. Mt 13:22 Lk 12:15 Let those who are illiterate not be anxious to learn, 8but let them pay attention to what they must desire above all else: to have the Spirit of the Lord and Its holy activity, 9to pray always to Him with a pure heart, to have humility and patience in persecution and infirmity, 10and to love those who persecute, rebuke and find fault with us, because the Lord says: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute and calumniate you. Mt 5:44 11Blessed are those who suffer persecution for the sake of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Mt 5:10 12But whoever perseveres to the end will be saved. Mt 10:22

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Regula bullata, Fontes Franciscani, p. 178-180


3Et nullus fratrum populo penitus audeat praedicare, nisi a ministro generali huius fraternitatis fuerit examinatus et approbatus, et ab eo officium sibi praedicationis concessum.

4Moneo quoque et exhortor eosdem fratres, ut in praedicatione, quam faciunt, sint examinata et casta eorum eloquia, ad utilitatem et aedificationem populi, 5annuntiando eis vitia et virtutes, poenam et gloriam cum brevitate sermonis; quia verbum abbreviatum fecit Dominus super terram.

[Caput X]
1De admonitione et correctione fratrum

2Fratres, qui sunt ministri et servi aliorum fratrum, visitent et moneant fratres suos et humiliter et caritative corrigant eos, non praecipientes eis aliquid, quod sit contra animam suam et regulam nostram. 3Fratres vero, qui sunt subditi, recordentur, quod propter Deum abnegaverunt proprias voluntates. 4Unde firmiter praecipio eis, ut obediant suis ministris in omnibus quae promiserunt Domino observare et non sunt contraria animae et regulae nostrae.

5Et ubicumque sunt fratres, qui scirent et cognoscerent, se non posse regulam spiritualiter observare, ad suos ministros debeant et possint recurrere. 6Ministri vero caritative et benigne eos recipiant et tantam familiaritatem habeant circa ipsos, ut dicere possint eis et facere sicut domini servis suis; 7nam ita debet esse, quod ministri sint servi omnium fratrum.

8Moneo vero et exhortor in Domino Jesu Christo, ut caveant fratres ab omni superbia, vana gloria, invidia, avaritia, cura et sollicitudine huius saeculi, detractione et murmuratione , et non curent nescientes litteras litteras discere; 9sed attendant, quod super omnia desiderare debent habere Spiritum Domini et sanctam eius operationem, 10orare semper ad eum puro corde et habere humilitatem, patientiam in persecutione et infirmitate, 11et diligere eos qui nos persequuntur et reprehendunt et arguunt, quia dicit Dominus: Diligite inimicos vestros et orate pro persequentibus et calumniantibus vos. 12Beati qui persecutionem patiuntur propter iustitiam, quoniam ipsorum est regnum caelorum. 13Qui autem perseveraverit usque in finem hic salvus erit.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 105

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