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strange that, in the midst of glowing goals, a soul so cold could lay hidden and, among prudent virgins, an imprudent one would act so foolishly. 8One night, in fact, she squeezed her throat in order to force that swelling through her mouth and almost suffocated, since she wished to supersede the divine will herself.

9But Clare knew of this imprudence through the Spirit. 10"Run," she said to one [of the sisters]. "Run quickly to the lower [part of the] house and take a warm egg to Sister Andrea da Ferrara to drink and then come back to me with her." 11That [sister] hurried off, found Andrea deprived of her speech and near to suffocating because of what she had inflicted with her own hand. 12She comforted her as she could and brought her to her mother. 13The servant of God said to her: "Pitiable one, confess to the Lord your thoughts which I also know well. 14Look, you wanted to be cured. The Lord Jesus Christ will cure you. 15But change your life for the better, because you will not get up from another sickness that you will suffer."

16At her words she accepted the spirit of repentance and changed her life noticeably for the better. A little while after the healing of the tumors, therefore, she passed away from another sickness.

Those Freed from Wolves [Chapter XL]

60. 1The savage frenzy of cruel wolves frequently disturbed the countryside; they would attack the people in those [areas] and would frequently feed on human flesh. 2Therefore, a certain woman, Bona di Monte Galliano, in the diocese of Assisi, had two sons, one of whom the wolves dragged away. She had barely stopped crying when, behold, they pursued the second boy with the same ferocity. 3For while the mother was in the house doing some of her domestic chores, a wolf fixed his teeth into the boy who was walking outside, dragged him off by his neck, and made for the woods as quickly as possible with its prey.

4Some men who were in the vineyards, however, heard the cries of the boy [and] shouted to his mother: 5"See if you have your son, because we have just heard some unusual shouts!" 6The mother, learning that her son had been seized by the wolf,




Legenda Sanctae Clarae, Fontes Franciscani, p. 2448-2449

7Mirum certe, quod in medio lapidum ignitorum anima tam frigida latitabat, et inter prudentes virgines stultizabat imprudens. 8Haec siquidem nocte quadam guttur suum usque ad praefocationem constrinxit, ut globum illum per buccam projiceret, volens de seipsa divinam supergredi voluntatem.

9Sed hoc incontinenti per spiritum Clara cognovit. 10Curre, inquit, uni, curre velociter, in inferiorem domum, et ovum calefactum sorori Andreae de Ferraria sorbendum praebe, simulque cum ipsa ad me, ascende. 11Properans illa reperit dictam Andream loquela privatam, propriae manus injectione suffocationi propinquam. 12Relevat eam, ut potest, et secum ducit ad matrem; cui et dixit famula Dei: Misera, cogitationes tuas Domino confitere, quas et ego bene cognovi. 13Ecce quod sanare voluisti sanabit Dominus Iesus Christus. 14Sed vitam muta in melius, quoniam de infirmitate alia, quam patieris, non consurges.

15Ad cuius verbum spiritum compunctionis accepit, et vitam satis egregie mutavit in melius.16Post modicum ergo sanata de scrofulis, de alia infirmitate migravit.

De liberatis a lupo.

60 1Crudelium luporum saeva feralitas contratam vexare solebat: qui in ipsos homines irruentes, humanibus saepe carnibus pascebantur. 2Mulier ergo quaedam, nomine Bona, de Monte Galliano, Assisinatis dioecesis , duos filios habens, unius, quem lupi rapuerant, vix planctum expleverat, cum ecce ad secundum consimili ferocitate festinant. 3Stante namque matre in domo, et aliquid rei familiaris agente, puero deambulanti exterius lupus dentes infigit, ac per cervicem mordens, cum tali praeda quantocius ad sylvam tendit.

4Audientes autem pueri stridores, homines qui erant in vineis, ad matrem clamant, dicentes: 5Vide, inquiunt, si filium tuum habes: quoniam ploratus insuetos paulo ante persensimus. 6Cognoscens mater filium a lupo direptum,

Clare of Assisi: Early Documents, p. 327