The Life of Blessed Francis - 638 

that is, that you should be
a future leader in the militia of Christ
and bear heavenly arms
emblazoned with the sign of the cross.

Now
the vision that you saw at the outset of your conversion
must undoubtedly be believed as true,
that is, of the Crucified
piercing your soul with a sword Lk 2:35 of compassionate sorrow,
but also the sound of the voice from the cross,
as if proceeding from the throne of the lofty Christ
and the secret mercy seat,
as you confirmed with your own sacred utterance.

Now
in the unfolding of your conversion,
the cross Brother Sylvester saw
marvelously coming from your mouth;
and the swords the holy Pacifico saw
piercing your body in the form of a cross;
and the figure of you lifted up in the air in the form of a cross
the angelic man Monaldo saw
while Saint Anthony was preaching
about the inscription on the cross:
these must be truly believed and affirmed
not as an imaginary vision,
but as a celestial revelation.

Now,
finally, near the end,
you were shown at the same time
the sublime similitude of the Seraph
and the humble likeness of the Crucified,
inwardly inflaming you and outwardly signing you
as the other Angel ascending from the rising of the sun
that you might have in you the sign of the living God:
Rv 7:2 this both gives strength of faith to the previous ones
and receives from them the testimony of truth.

Behold,
you have arrived
with seven apparitions of the cross of Christ

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Legenda Maior, Fontes Franciscani, p. 897-898


quam vidisti,
videlicet quod dux in militia Christi futurus,
armis deberes caelestibus,
signoque crucis insignibus decorari.

2Iam
in principio tuae conversionis Crucifixi visio compassivi
doloris gladio mentaliter te transfigens,
sed et auditus vocis de cruce
tamquam de throno Christi sublimi
et secreto propitiatorio procedentis,
iuxta quod tuo sacro firmasti eloquio,
vera indubitanter fuisse creduntur.

3Iam
in tuae conversationis progressu
et crucem, quam vidit frater Silvester
ex ore tuo mirabiliter procedentem;
et gladios in crucis modum
tua viscera transfigentes,
quos sacer vidit Pacificus;
4teque secundum crucis figuram in aëre sublevatum,
cum de crucis titulo
sanctus praedicabat Antonius,
iuxta quod perspexit angelicus vir Monaldus,
non phantastica visione,
sed revelatione caelica fuisse conspecta,
vere creditur et firmatur.

5Iam
denique circa finem,
quod simul tibi ostenditur
et sublimis similitudo Seraph
et humilis effigies Crucifixi,
interius te incendens et exterius te consignans
tamquam alterum Angelum ascendentem ab ortu solis,
qui signum in te habeas Dei vivi,
et praedictis dat firmitatem fidei
et ab eis accipit testimonium veritatis.

6Ecce,
iam septem apparitionibus crucis Christi
in te et circa te secundum ordinem temporum
mirabiliter exhibitis et monstratis,
quasi sex gradibus ad istam septimam,
in qua finaliter requiesceres,
pervenisti ».

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 638