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all Your churches throughout the whole world and we bless You because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.”a

6Afterwards the Lord gave me, and gives me still, such faith in priests who live according to the rite of the holy Roman Church because of their orders that, were they to persecute me, I would still want to have recourse to them. 7And if I had as much wisdom as Solomon and found impoverished priests of this world, I would not preach in their parishes against their will. 8And I desire to respect, love and honor them and all others as my lords. 9And I do not want to consider any sin in them because I discern the Son of God in them and they aremylords. 10And I act in this way because, in this world, I see nothing corporally of the most high Son of God except His most holy Body and Blood which they receive and they alone administer to others. 11I want to have these most holy mysteries honored and venerated above all things and I want to reserve them in precious places. 12Wherever I find our Lord’s most holy names and written words in unbecoming places, I want to gather them up and I beg that they be gathered up and placed in a becoming place. 13And we must honor all theologians and those who minister the most holy divine words and respect them as those who minister to us spirit and life.

14And after the Lord gave me some brothers, no one showed me what I had to do, but the Most High Himself revealed to me that I should live according to the pattern of the Holy Gospel. 15And I had this written down simply and in a few words and the Lord Pope confirmed it for me. 16And those who came to receive life gave whatever they had to the poor and were content with one tunic, patched inside and out, with a cord and short trousers. 17We desired nothing more. 18We clerical [brothers] said the Office as other clerics did; the lay brothers said the Our Father; and we quite willingly remained in churches. 19And we were simple and subject to all.

20And I worked with my hands, and I still desire to work; and I earnestly desire all brothers to give themselves to honest work. 21Let those who do not know how to work learn, not from desire to receive wages, but for example and to avoid idleness. 22And when we are not paid for our work, let us have recourse to the table of the Lord, begging alms from door to door.

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Testamentum, Fontes Franciscani, p. 227-228


5Adoramus te, Domine Jesu Christe, et ad omnes ecclesias tuas, quae sunt in toto mundo, et benedicimus tibi, quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

6Postea Dominus dedit mihi et dat tantam fidem in sacerdotibus, qui vivunt secundum formam sanctae Ecclesiae Romanae propter ordinem ipsorum, quod si facerent mihi persecutionem, volo recurrere ad ipsos. 7Et si haberem tantam sapientiam, quantam Salomon habuit, et invenirem pauperculos sacerdo- tes huius saeculi, in parochiis, quibus morantur, nolo praedicare ultra voluntatem ipsorum. 8Et ipsos et omnes alios volo timere, amare et honorare, sicut meos dominos. 9Et nolo in ipsis considerare peccatum, quia Filium Dei discerno in ipsis, et domini mei sunt. 10Et propter hoc facio, quia nihil video corporaliter in hoc saeculo de ipso altissimo Filio Dei, nisi sanctissimum corpus et sanctissimum sanguinem suum, quod ipsi recipiunt et ipsi soli aliis ministrant. 11Et haec sanctissima mysteria super omnia volo honorari, venerari et in locis pretiosis collocari. 12Sanctissima nomina et verba eius scripta, ubicumque invenero in locis illicitis, volo colligere et rogo, quod colligantur et in loco honesto collocentur. 13Et omnes theologos et, qui ministrant sanctissima verba divina, debemus honorare et venerari, sicut qui ministrant nobis spiritum et vitam.

14Et postquam Dominus dedit mihi de fratribus, nemo ostendebat mihi, quid deberem facere, sed ipse Altissimus revelavit mihi, quod deberem vivere secundum formam sancti Evangelii. 15Et ego paucis verbis et simpliciter feci scribi et dominus Papa confirmavit mihi. 16Et illi qui veniebant ad recipiendam vitam, omnia quae ha- bere poterant, dabant pauperibus; et erant contenti tunica una, intus et foris repeciata, cum cingulo et braccis. 17Et nolebamus plus habere. 18Officium dicebamus clerici secundum alios clericos, laici dicebant: Pater noster; et satis libenter manebamus in ecclesiis. 19Et eramus idiotae et subditi omnibus.

20Et ego manibus meis laborabam, et volo laborare; et omnes alii fratres firmiter volo, quod laborent de laboritio, quod pertinet ad honestatem. 21Qui nesciunt, discant, non propter cupiditatem recipiendi pretium laboris, sed propter exemplum et ad repellendam otiositatem. 22Et quando non daretur nobis pretium laboris, recurramus ad mensam Domini, petendo eleemosynam ostiatim.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 125

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