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ground, to crawl in the ashes, wanting at times to lift himself up with a cane, but being incapable of doing so—someone to whom nature had given the desire to walk, but had denied the ability. 15His parents dedicated the boy to the merits of Saint Clare and, to use their own words, desired that he be "a man of Saint Clare" should he obtain a cure through her.a 16Shortly after the vow had been uttered, the virgin of Christ healed "her man," [and] restored the ability to walk to the boy who had been offered to her. 17The parents immediately hurried to the virgin's tomb with the boy and offered him, jumping up and rejoicing, to the Lord.

58. 18A certain woman from the town of Bevagna, Plenaria, suffering for a long time with a paralysis of her kidneys, was unable to walk unless she were supported by a cane. 19Even with a cane, however, she could not straighten her bent-over body, but took whatever tottering steps [she could]. 20She made her way on a certain Friday to the tomb of Saint Clare where, devoutly pouring out prayers to her, she quickly obtained what she had faithfully requested. 21In fact, on the next day, Saturday, after receiving a complete cure, she who had been brought by others returned to her home on her own feet.

Cures of Tumors of the Throat [Chapter XXXIX]

1For a long time a certain young girl of Perugia suffered with great pain from tumors of her throat which are commonly called swollen glands. 2Twenty swellings could be counted on her throat so that the throat of the girl seemed to be even larger than her head. 3Her mother frequently brought her to the memorial of Saint Clare where she devoutly implored the help of the saint. 4Once, while the girl was lying before her burial place for an entire night and broke into a sweat, those swellings began to soften and to move gradually from their position. 5With the process of time, in fact, they disappeared through the intercession of Saint Clare so that not a trace of them remained.

59. 6Andrea, one of the sisters, had a similar sickness in her throat while Saint Clare was still in the flesh. 7It is certainly




Legenda Sanctae Clarae, Fontes Franciscani, p. 2447-2448

2Cubitabat in solo, repebat in cinere, volens se quandoque ad baculum, nec potens erigere: cui natura gradiendi desiderium dederat, negaverat facultatem. 3Vovent puerum parentes eius meritis sanctae Clarae, atque, ut illorum verbo dicatur, volunt eum sanctae Clarae hominem esse si per eam sanitatem fuerit consecutus. 4Protinus, voto emisso, Virgo Christi suum hominem sanans liberae ambulationis officium in oblato sibi puero reparavit. 5Illico parentes ad Virginis tumulum cum puero properantes eum subsilientem et gaudentem Domino obtulerunt.

58 1Mulier quaedam de castro Mevanii, Pleneria nomine, diu contractionem renum perpessa, non, nisi baculo substentata poterat ambulare. 2Adminiculo tamen baculi non curvum erigebat corpus sed nutantes utcumque trahebat gressus: 3Deferri se fecit quodam die Veneris ad tumulum sanctae Clarae: ubi preces ad eam devotissime fundens celeriter obtinuit quod fideliter postulavit. 4Sequenti namque Sabbato, integra sanitate obtenta, domum propriis pedibus est reversa, quae fuerat per alios apportata.

De sanatione a tumoribus gutturis.

1Tumores gutturis; quosvulgari sermone scrofulas vocant, puella quaedam Perusina cum dolore multo diu portaverat. 2Viginti quidem glandulae suo numerabantur in gutture, ut ipsum puellae guttur satis grossius capite videretur. 3Duxit eam saepe mater eius ad memoriam virginis Clarae, ubi ipsius sanctae beneficium devotissime implorabat. 4Cumque tota quadam nocte ante sepulcrum puella iaceret, prorumpente sudore, strumae illae mollificari coeperunt ac de suo loco paululum commoveri. 5Processu vero temporis per sanctae Clarae merita sic evanuerunt, ut nulla penitus vestigia remanerent.

59 6Consimile malum una de sororibus, Andrea nomine, dum adhuc in carne virgo Clara maneret, portabat in gutture suo. 7Mirum certe, quod in medio lapidum ignitorum anima tam frigida latitabat

Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 326