The Anonymous of Perugia - 36 

himself, he arranged to join up with a noble count in Apulia, to be knighted by him.a

Everyone marveled that he was happier than usual, and when they asked him the reason why, he answered: "I know that I am going to be a great prince."

6 After obtaining a squire, he mounted his horse and rode toward Apulia.

It was night when he arrived in Spoleto and, anxious about his trip, he retired for the night. Half asleep, he heard a voice asking him where he intended to go. He outlined to him his whole plan.b The voice then asked him: "Who can do more for you, the lord or the servant?" "The lord," he answered. "Then why are you abandoning the lord for the servant, and the patron for the client?" To which Francis responded: "Lord, what do you want me to do?" "Go back," it said, "to your own land to do what the Lord will tell you."

It seemed to him that divine grace had suddenly made him a different man.

7 But when it was morning, he returned home as he had been told.

And when, on the way back, he reached Foligno,c he sold the horse he was riding as well as the wardrobe with which he had equipped himself for the expedition to Apulia, and put on cheaper clothing.

While he was returning from Foligno to Assisi, carrying the money he had obtained from these things, he approached a church built in honor of Saint Damian. He found the poor resident priest, named Peter,d and gave him that money for safekeeping. Not having a safe place to keep it, the priest refused the money. When the man of  God, Francis, heard this, he threw the money on the windowsill of that church for he considered it worthless. Led by God's Spirit, he resolved to use the money to rebuild its structure, seeing that the church was poor and on the verge of collapse. He decided to reside




Anonymus Perusinus, Fontes Franciscani, p. 1313-1315

6Unde disposuit ad comitem Gentilem, praeparatis sibi pannis pretiosis, ut potuit, quatenus ab eodem comite miles fieret, in Apuliam proficisci.

7Et ex hoc laetior effectus solito, ab omnibus mirabatur.

8Quibus de hac nova laetitia interrogantibus unde esset respondebat: « Scio me magnum Principem affuturum ».

6 1Et assumpto scutifero ascendens equum, versus Apuliam equitabat.

2Cum autem Spoletum pervenisset sollicitus sui itineris, et nocte facta se deposuisset ad dormiendum, audivit semidormiens vocem quandam ipsum. quo vellet ire interrogantem. 3Cui per ordinem totum suum propositum revelavit. 4Cui vox iterum: « Quis potest tibi melius facere, Dominus an servus? ». Qui respondit: « Dominus». 5 « Quare ergo relinquis pro servo Dominum et Principem pro cliente? ». 6Cui Franciscus: « Quid, Domine, vis faciam? ». 7 « Revertere, ait, in terram tuam, facturus quae tibi Dominus revelabit ».

8Qui subito divina gratia in virum, ut sibi videbatur, alterum est mutatus.

7 1Mane autem facto revertitur ad propria, ut sibi fuerat imperatum.

2Et iter faciens, cum Fulgineum devenisset, vendidit equum cui insedebat et vestimenta quibus ad eundum in Apuliam se ornaverat, vilioribus se induens vestimentis. 3Quo peracto, assumpta acquisita ex his pecunia,

cum de Fulgineo versus Assisium reverteretur, appropinquans cuidam Ecclesiae in honorem Sancti Damiani fabricatae, invento ibidem residente quodam paupere sacerdote nomine Petro, sibi dictam pecuniam tradidit conservandam. 4Qui sacerdos renuit eandem servare pecuniam, cum non haberet ubi posset eam ad placitum collocare. 5Quo audito vir Dei Franciscus, in fenestram, quandam dictae Ecclesiae proiciens, vilipendit. 6Qui ductus Dei spiritu, videns dictam Ecclesiam minantem ruinam et pauperem, de eadem pecunia eius structuram fulcire proposuit, ac habitare ibi, deliberans [eius] pauperiem liberare [ac] relevare.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 36