The Life of Blessed Francis - 535 

encouraged partly by the love of poverty, he gave his own clothes to one of the neediest among them. Dressed in his rags, he spent that day in the midst of the poor with an unaccustomed joy of spirit, in order to spurn worldly glory and to arrive, by ascending in stages, at Gospel perfection.

He was more attentively vigilant
to mortifying his flesh
so that he might carry externally in his body
the cross of Christ
which he carried internally in his heart.
The man of God, Francis,
did all these things
while not yet withdrawn from the world
in attire and way of life.




Legenda Maior, Fontes Franciscani, p. 786

partim paupertatis allectus amore, uni ex eis magis egenti proprias largitus est vestes, 7et semicinctiis contectus illius, diem illum in medio pauperum cum insolita spiritus iucunditate transegit, ut et saecularem gloriam sperneret et ad perfectionem evangelicam gradatim conscendendo perveniret.

8Mortificationi carnis
invigilabat attentius,
ut Christi crucem,
quam interius ferebat in corde,
exterius etiam circumferret in corpore.
Agebat autem haec omnia
vir Dei Franciscus
nondum habitu vel convictu
sequestratus a mundo.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 535