The Life of Blessed Francis - 529 

events that happened at different times, and to different themes events that happened at the same time, as seemed appropriate.

5The life of Francis—in its beginning, progress, and end—is described in the following fifteen chapters:
Chapter One: his manner of life while in the attire of the world.
Chapter Two: his perfect conversion to God and his restoration of three churches.
Chapter Three: the foundation of the Order and the approval of the Rule.
Chapter Four: the progress of the Order under his hand and the confirmation of the Rule.
Chapter Five: the austerity of his life and how creatures provided him comfort.
Chapter Six: his humility and obedience and God's condescension to his slightest wish.
Chapter Seven: his love of poverty and the miraculous fulfillment of his needs.
Chapter Eight: his affectionate piety and how irrational creatures were affectionate toward him.
Chapter Nine: the fervor of his charity and his desire for martyrdom.
Chapter Ten: his zeal for prayer and the power of his prayer.
Chapter Eleven: his understanding of Scripture and his spirit of prophecy.
Chapter Twelve: the efficacy of his preaching and his grace of healing.
Chapter Thirteen: his sacred stigmata.
Chapter Fourteen: his patience and his passing in death.
Chapter Fifteen: his canonization and the solemn transferal of his body.
Finally, there is appended an account of miracles which took place after his happy death.

Here Ends the Prologue

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Legenda Maior, Fontes Franciscani, p. 780


secundum quod eodem peracta tempore diversis materiis, vel diversis patrata temporibus eidem materiae congruere videbantur.

5 1Initium autem vitae ipsius, progressus et consummatio quindecim distincta capitulis describuntur inferius adnotatis:
Agitur enim primo de conversatione ipsius in habitu saeculari.
- 2Secundo, de perfecta conversione eius ad Deum et de reparatione trium ecclesiarium.
3Tertio, de institutione religionis et approbatione regulae.
4Quarto, de profectu Ordinis sub manu ipsius et confirmatione regulae prius approbatae.
5Quinto, de austeritate vitae, et quomodo creaturae praebebant ei solatium.
6Sexto, de humilitate et obedientia et de condescensionibus divinis sibi factis ad nutum.
7Septimo, de amore paupertatis et mira suppletione defectuum.
8Octavo, de pietatis affectu, et quomodo ratione carentia affici videbantur ad ipsum.
9Nono, de fervore caritatis et desiderio martyrii. - 10Decimo, de studio et virtute orationis.
11Undecimo, de intelligentia Scripturarum et spiritu prophetiae.
- 12Duodecimo, de efficacia praedicandi et gratia sanitatum.
- 13Tertiodecimo, de stigmatibus sacris.
14Quartodecimo, de patientia ipsius et transitu mortis.
15Quintodecimo, de canonizatione et translatione ipsius.
16Postremo de miraculis post transitum eius felicem ostensis aliqua subnectuntur.

Explicit prologus.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 529