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him out, and was saddened to find him dead. Though the crowd saw that he was dead, they wept and cried out, "Saint Francis, give the father back his child!" Some Jews who had gathered, moved by natural piety, said the same thing: "Saint Francis, give the boy to his father!" a It was as if blessed Francis had appeared in response to the people's prayers and devotion, he was there to raise the boy up. The crowd marveled and rejoiced. When the boy had risen, he asked kindly to be brought to the church of blessed Francis. At this all praised God who had deigned to work such wonders through his servant.

7 In the city of Sessa, in the quarter called "Ad Columnas," the devil, destroyer and slayer of flesh, destroyed and leveled a home. . . . When the people and clergy saw him healthy and unharmed, they too rendered thanks to blessed Francis.b

22 A brother had a serious ulcer in his groin, so serious that he had despaired entirely of any cure. When the brother asked permission of his minister to visit the tomb of Saint Francis, the minister refused, lest he incur greater danger from the exertion of the journey. The brother was saddened by this. Saint Francis appeared to him one night and said: "Don't worry any more, my son, but take off the truss you are wearing and remove the bandage from your wound. Obey your Rule, and you will be healed." Rising in the morning, he did everything commanded him, and received a quick healing.

23 When Gregory IX was on the throne of Peter, there arose an inevitable persecution of heretics. A certain Peter from Alife was among those accused of heresy, and he was arrested in Rome . . . Later the chains were brought to the Lord Pope and the cardinals. Upon seeing what had happened, with much wonder they blessed God.c

24 Bartholomew, a citizen of Gaeta, was hard at work on the construction of a church dedicated to Saint Francis. He was intending to place a beam of the building, but the beam was misplaced; it fell




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