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[III. Perfect Obedience]

1The Lord says in the Gospel: Whoever does not renounce all that he possesses cannot be my disciple; Lk 14:33 2and: Whoever wishes to save his life must lose it. Lk 9:24

3That person who offers himself totally to obedience in the hands of his prelate leaves all that he possesses and loses his body.a 4And whatever he does and says which he knows is not contrary to his will is true obedience, provided that what he does is good.

5And should a subject see that some things might be better and more useful for his soul than what a prelate commands, let him willingly offer such things to God as a sacrifice; and, instead, let him earnestly strive to fulfill the prelate’s wishes. 6For this is loving obedience because it pleases God and neighbor. 1 Pt 1:22

7If the prelate, however, commands something contrary to his conscience, even though he may not obey him, let him not, however, abandon him. 8And if he then suffers persecution from others, let him love them all the more for the sake of God. 1 Jn 3:15 1 Jn 3:16 9For whoever chooses to suffer persecution rather than wish to be separated from his brothers truly remains in perfect obedience because he lays down his life for his brothers. Jn 15:13 10In fact, there are many religious who, under the pretext of seeing things better than those which the prelate commands, look back, Lk 9:62 and return to the vomit Prv 26:11 of their own will. 11These people are murderers 2 Pt 2:22 and, because of their bad example, cause many to lose their souls.b

[IV. Let No One Make Being Over Others His Own]

1I did not come to be served, but to serve, says the Lord. Mt 20:28

2Let those who are placed over others boast about that position as much as they would if they were assigned the duty of washing the feet of their brothers. 3And if they are more upset at having their place over others taken away from them than at losing their position at their feet, the more they store up a money bag Jn 12:6 to the peril of their soul.c




Admonitiones, Fontes Franciscani, p. 27-28

[Caput III - De perfecta obedientia]

1Dicit Dominus in Evangelio: Qui non renuntiaverit omnibus quae possidet, non potest meus esse discipulus; 2et: Qui voluerit animam suam salvam facere perdet illam.

3Ille homo relinquit omnia, quae possidet, et perdit corpus suum, qui se ipsum totum praebet ad obedientiam in manibus sui praelati. 4Et quidquid facit et dicit, quod ipse sciat, quod non sit contra voluntatem eius, dum bonum sit quod facit, vera obedientia est.

5Et si quando subditus videat meliora et utiliora animae suae quam ea quae sibi praelatus praecipiat, sua voluntarie Deo sacrificet; quae autem sunt praelati, opere studeat adimplere. 6Nam haec est caritativa obedientia, quia Deo et proximo satisfacit.

7Si vero praelatus aliquid contra animam suam praecipiat, licet ei non obediat, tamen ipsum non dimittat . 8Et si ab aliquibus persecutionem inde sustinuerit, magis eos diligat propter Deum. 9Nam qui prius persecutionem sustinet, quam velit a suis fratribus separari, vere permanet in perfecta obedientia, quia ponit animam suam pro fratribus suis. 10Sunt enim multi religiosi, qui sub specie meliora videndi quam quae sui praelati praecipiunt, retro aspiciunt e et ad vomitum propriae voluntatis redeunt; 11hi homicidae sunt et propter mala sua exempla multas animas perdere faciunt.

[Caput IV - Ut nemo appropriet sibi praelationem]

1Non veni ministrari, sed ministrare, dicit Dominus. 2Illi qui sunt super alios constituti, tantum de illa praelatione glorientur, quantum si essent in abluendi fratrum pedes officio deputati. 3Et quanto magis turbantur de ablata sibi praelatione quam de pedum officio, tanto magis sibi loculos ad periculum animae componunt.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 130