The Legend of the Three Companions - 110 

Many learned and exceptionally educated men, some laymen, others holding ecclesiastical offices, wholeheartedly renounced the allurements of the flesh, the absence of piety, and the lust of this world. They entered the Order of the Lesser Ones, obliging them- selves to follow, according to the particular grace given them by God, the poverty and the footsteps of Christ and his most blessed servant Francis.

What was written of Samson can fittingly be said of him who lives a life of glory: those he killed at his death were more than those he had during his lifetime. Through the merits of our most holy father Francis, may He who lives and reigns forever bring us to this same glory. Amen.




Legenda Trium Sociorum, Fontes Franciscani, p. 1442

2Similiter et multi sapientes ac litteratissimi viri, tam saeculares quam clerici praebendati, spretis carnis illecebris atque impietate et saecularibus desideriis a penitus abdicatis, praefatum minorum ordinem intraverunt, paupertati ac vestigiis Christi et servi sui beatissimi Francisci se in omnibus iuxta mensuram divinae gratiae conformantes.

3Unde de ipso non immerito potest illud dici quod scribitur de Samsone, quod videlicet multo plures interfecit moriens quam ante vivus occiderat, profecto qui vita gloriae semper vivit. 4Ad quam gloriam ille nos perducat, meritis sanctissimi patris nostri Francisci, qui vivit et regnat in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 110