An Umbrian Choir Legend - 479 

The Miracles of Saint Francis

1Therefore, Blessed Francis, standard bearer of the Eternal King, on the very day he was buried worked his first miracle.

A young girl was brought to his tomb who, for over a year, had suffered a deformity in her neck so hideous that her head rested on her shoulder and she could only look sideways. She put her head for a little while beneath the coffin in which the precious body of Christ's servant rested, she was immediately able to straighten her neck and her head was restored to its proper position. At this the girl was so overwhelmed at the sudden change in herself that she began to run away and cry. There was a depression in her shoulder where her head had been when it was twisted out of position by her prolonged affliction.

2 In the district of Narni there was a boy whose leg was bent back so severely that he could not walk at all without the aid of two canes. He made his living from begging; he had been burdened with that affliction for many years, and he had no idea who his father or mother were. This boy was completely freed from his affliction by the merits of the blessed Francis so that he could walk about freely without any support from canes.

3 There was another boy from Montenero lying for several days in front of the doors of the church where the body of Saint Francis rested. He could not walk or sit up, since he was completely paralyzed from the waist down. One day he got into the church and touched the tomb of the most blessed father Francis. When he came back outside, he was completely cured. Moreover, the young boy himself reported that while he was lying in front of the tomb of the glorious saint, a young man was there with him clothed in the habit of the brothers on top of the tomb. The young man was carrying some pears in his hands, and he called the boy. Offering him a pear, he encouraged him to get up. The boy took the pear from the young man's hand, and answered: "See, I am crippled and cannot get up at all!" He ate the pear given to him, and then started to put out his hand for another pear that the young man offered him. The young man again encouraged him to stand up, but the boy, feeling weighed down with his illness, did not get up. But while the boy reached out his hand, the young man holding out the pear took hold of his hand and led him outside. Then he vanished from sight.




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 479