Dominican Hagiography and Sermons - 784 

meant, it is said that the marks of the wounds of Jesus Christ appeared in his hands, feet, and side. He was not puffed up by all this, but now proven in all perfection, he gave his blessing to his brothers, and just as it had been revealed to Brother Elias by a messenger at Foligno, Francis passed over to heaven while the Passion of the Lord according to John was being read in his presence. One of the brothers saw his soul, in the form of a star as large as the moon and with the brilliance of the sun, arising from the place in a straight path. The image of the Crucified showed forth in him, his flesh was dazzlingly white, and the members of his body attractively composed. He was buried at Assisi, canonized by the Lord Pope Gregory with the Lord Rayner of Viterbo explaining his life and miracles to the people.

After his death he performed many miracles; we read that the withered, the crippled, the blind, and many others were cured at his tomb. At the tomb a young brother appeared to a crippled boy from Montenero; he offered a pear to the boy and the boy ate it. And while he was stretching out his hand for another pear, the youth lifted the boy, led him out cured, and then disappeared. In like manner, Francis cured a woman from Coccorano, who had lost the use of all her members except the tongue; a boy of Gubbio, who due to shriveled limbs, was brought in a basket; and Bartholomew, a beggar from Narni, and many others whom he cured from various maladies.

The second selection is from his treatment of St. Dominic, and notes the friendship between the two saints.a

In those days Saint Francis, who founded the Order of Lesser Brothers, was renowned; Saint Dominic was joined to him with a love such that what each one wished or did not wish were the same.

Constantine of Orvieto (1246-48)

Constantine, a native of Orvieto, entered the Brothers Preacher at an unknown date. Noted for his eloquence, in 1246 he was commissioned to revise the Order's official Legenda of St. Dominic. The circumstances of this work bear a close parallel to those which surrounded the writing of Thomas of Celano's Remembrance of the Desire of a Soul at virtually the same time. In 1245 the Dominican general chapter had requested that provincial superiors should submit to the following year's chapter any and all reports which testified to the holiness and intercessory power of Saint Dominic. John "the Teuton," Master General of the Order, then turned these materials over to Constantine, who presented his work to the general chapter of 1248 where it

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et dum miraretur, quid sibi vellet visio, aperuisse dictum in manibus et pedibus et latere eius stigmata vulnerum Iesu Christi. Ex praedictis omnibus non elatus et iam in omni perfectione probatus, data benedictione fratribus, sicut fratri Eliae revelatum a nuntio apud Fulgineum fuerat, dum coram eo passio Domini secundum Ioannem legeretur, ad aetherea transiit. Cuius animam unus de fratribus in forma stellae quantitatis lunae, claritatis solis, de loco recto tramite conscendere vidit. Resplenduit in eo imago crucifixi, caro candida et membra composita decenter. Sepelitur Assisii, canonizatur a domino Papa Gregorio, domino Rainerio Viterbiensi eius vitam et miracula populo exponente.

Miracula plura post mortem fecit; contractos, claudos, caecos et multos alios ad sepulchrum eius curatos legimus. Puero de Montenigro contracto ad sepulchrum eius apparuit frater iuvenis; ei pirum obtulit; qui pirum comedit, et dum ad aliud suam manu porrigeret, iuvenis eum elevans sanum eduxit et disparuit. Sic et mulierem de Cucurano omnibus membris excepta lingua inutilem et Eugubini puerum in cista apportatum a contractione, tum mendicum Bartholomaeum de Narnio et multos alios a diversis languoribus curavit.

Claruit eisdem temporibus sanctus Franciscus, qui ordinem Fratrum Minorum instituit, et tanta caritate huic sanctus Dominicus coniunctus fuit, ut idem velle et idem nolle esset utrique.

 

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 784