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there and do something to help its impoverished condition. After a while, with God's approval, he completed the undertaking.

8 When his father learned of this, he began to vent his rage against him, for he loved him in a worldly way and was longing for the money. He abused Francis with insults, demanding he return the money.

In the presence of the bishop of Assisi, he promptly gave back to his father the money and clothes he was wearing. He stood there naked under the cloak of the bishop, who embraced him.

Without any worldly possessions, dressed in cheap and very miserable clothing, he went back to that church to stay there. The Lord enriched the poor and contemptible man. Filling him with His Holy Spirit, He put into his mouth the words of life that he might preach and announce to the people judgment and mercy, punishment and glory and to recall to their minds the commandments of God they had forgotten. The Lord made him the prince over a multitude of nations which God had gathered into one from the whole world through him.

The Lord led him on a straight and narrow path. Desiring to possess neither gold nor silver, nor money nor any other thing, he followed the Lord in humility, poverty, and the simplicity of his heart.

9 Walking about barefoot, he wore a contemptible habit with a wretched belt.

And whenever his father met him, overwhelmed with great sorrow, he would curse him. The blessed man, however, took with him a poor old man named Albertoa and asked him for a blessing.

Many people used to laugh at him, insulting him with spiteful words. Almost everyone considered him mad. But he did not care, nor did he answer them; instead, he strove with all eagerness to fulfill the task God had shown him. He walked not in the learned words of human wisdom, but in the display and the power of the Spirit. 1 Cor 2:4

Chapter II

10 When they saw and heard these things, two men from Assisi, inspired by divine grace, humbly approached him. One of these was




Anonymus Perusinus, Fontes Franciscani, p. 1315-1316

ac habitare ibi, deliberans [eius] pauperiem liberare [ac] relevare. 7Quod etiam procedente tempore, praevio Dei nutu, opere adimplevit.

8 1Quo audito pater ipsum carnaliter diligens et dictam sitiens pecuniam, in ipsum saevire coepit, et lacessens Franciscum diversis improperiis ab eo pecuniam postulabat.

2Qui coram Episcopo Assisino pecuniam ipsam et vestimenta quibus tegebatur nudus sub pelle dicti Episcopi, qui ipsum amplexatus est nudum, remanens patri alacriter resignavit.

3Quem rebus iam vacuum temporalibus, indutum veste vilissima et despecta, revertentem ad dictam Ecclesiam moraturum Dominus ditavit pauperem et despectum; 4replens eum Spiritu suo sancto, posuit in ore eius verbum vitae, ut praedicaret et annuntiaret inter gentes iudicium et misericordiam, poenam et gloriam, et ut mandata Dei quae oblivioni tradiderant ad memoriam revocarent. 5Constituit, eum Dominus principem super multitudinem gentium, quam per ipsum Deus de universo mundo congregavit in unum.

6Duxit illum Dominus per viam rectam et artam, quoniam non aurum, non, argentum, non pecuniam, non aliquam rem voluit possidere, 7sed in humilitate, paupertate et simplicitate cordis sui Dominum est secutus.

9 1Nudis pedibus ambulans, contemptibili habitu indutus erat, zona quoque vilissima cingebatur.

2Et ubicumque pater eius inveniebat eum, veliementi dolore repletus maledicebat eidem. 3At beatus vir quendam senem pauperem, nomine Albertum, assumebat postulans benedictionem ab eo.

4Multi quoque alii deridebant eum et verba ei iniuriosa dicebant; et pro insano quasi ab omnibus habebatur. 5Ipse autem nihil curabat, nec eis etiam respondebat; sed cum omni sollicitudine studebat opere adimplere, quae ostendebat ei Deus. 6Nec in doctis humanae sapientiae verbis, sed in ostensione et virtute Spiritus ambulabat.

Caput II
De duobus primis fratribus
sequentibus Beatum Franciscum.

10 1Videntes autem haec et audientes duo viri de civitate illa, visitatione divinae gratiae inspirati, ad eum humiliter accesserunt. 2Unus ex his fuit frater Bernardus et alius frater Petrus.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 37