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paid him their respect. When it was time to seek lodging, they more willingly stayed with priests rather than with seculars.

60When they were unable to stay with priests, they would seek more spiritual and God-fearing persons with whom they could more suitably be welcomed. After this, in each city and town that the brothers wanted to visit, the Lord inspired some God-fearing people to offer them hospitality, until some places were built for them in cities and towns.

The Lord gave them the word and the spirit, according to need of the time, to speak with most incisive words, penetrating the hearts of the young—as well as the elderlywho, abandoning fathers and mothers and all they had, followed the brothers, by putting on the habit of religion. Then, indeed, a sword of separation was sent to the earth, when the young came to religion, leaving behind their parents in the dregs of sin. Those whom they received to the Order they led to blessed Francis, that they might receive from him the habit of religion with humility and dedication.

Not only were men converted to the Order; but also many virgins and widows, struck by their preaching, on their advice secluded themselves in cities and towns in monasteries established for doing penance.a One of the brothers was appointed their visitator and corrector.b Similarly, both married men and women given in marriage, unable to separate because of the law of matrimony, committed themselves to more severe penance in their own homes on the wholesome advice of the brothers. And thus, through blessed Francis, a perfect worshipper of the Holy Trinity, the Church of God was renewed in three orders, just as the earlier repair of the three churches foreshadowed. Each one of these orders was in its time approved by the Supreme Pontiff.

Chapter XV

61The venerable father, the Lord Cardinal John of Saint Paul, that cardinal who more frequently offered counsel and protection




Legenda Trium Sociorum, Fontes Franciscani, p. 1432-1433

inclinantes se humiliter ei reverentiam faciebant 12et quando erat hora hospitandi libentius erant cum sacerdotibus quam cum laicis saeculi.

60 1Quando vero apud sacerdotes hospitari non poterant, quaerebant magis spirituales et Deum timentes apud quos possent honestius hospitari, donec per singulas civitates et castra quae fratres visitare volebant, Dominus inspiravit aliquibus Deum timentibus ut illis pararent hospitia, quousque pro ipsis aedificata sunt loca in urbibus et in castris.

2Dedit autem illis Dominus verbum et spiritum secundum temporis opportunitatem ad proferendum verba acutissima penetrantia corda iuvenum atque senum, qui relinquentes patrem et matrem h et omnia quae habebant sequebantur fratres, eorum religionis habitum assumendo. 3Vere tunc separationis gladius missus est in terram i , dum iuvenes veniebant ad religionem dimittentes parentes suos in faecibus peccatorum. 4Illos tamen quos recipiebant ad ordinem ducebant ad beatum Franciscum suscepturos ab eo religionis habitum humiliter et devote.

5Non solum autem viri sic convertebantur ad ordinem, sed etiam multae virgines et viduae, ad eorum praedicationem compunctae, secundum ipsorum consilium per civitates et castra monasteriis ordinatis recludebant se ad poenitentiam faciendam. 6Quibus unus ex fratribus constitutus fuit visitator et corrector earum. 7Similiter et viri uxorati et mulieres maritatae, a lege matrimonii discedere non valentes, de fratrum salubri consilio se in domibus propriis arctiori poenitentiae committebant. 8Et sic per beatum Franciscum, sanctae Trinitatis cultorem perfectum, Dei ecclesia in tribus ordinibus renovatur sicut trium ecclesiarum praecedens reparatio figuravit. 9Quorum ordinum quilibet tempore suo fuit a summo pontifice confirmatus.

Caput XV
De morte domini Iohannis primi protectoris
et de assumptione domini Hugolini Ostiensis
in patrem et protectorem Ordinis.

61 1Venerabilis autem pater, dominus Iohannes de Sancto Paulo cardinalis praedictus, qui beato Francisco consilium et protectionem saepius impendebat,

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 103