The Miracles Shown after His Death - 656 

all flesh. The clergy came at night with their psalters to sing the wake and vigils. Suddenly, in the sight of all, the woman sat up in bed and called to one of them, a priest who was her godfather, "I want to confess, Father, hear my sin! I have indeed died, and was destined for a harsh prison because I had never confessed the sin I will reveal to you. But Saint Francis prayed for me as I served him with a devout spirit while I was alive. I have now been permitted to return to my body so that after confessing my sin I might merit eternal life. So now, as all of you watch, after I reveal that to you I will hurry off to my promised rest." She then shakily confessed to the shaken priest, and after receiving absolution, composed herself peacefully on the bed and happily fell asleep in the Lord. Acts 7:60

2In the village of Pomarico, in the mountains of Apulia, a mother and father had an only daughter, tender of age and tenderly loved. When she became seriously ill and close to death, her parents considered themselves dead with her, as they did not expect any future offspring. Relatives and friends gathered for a very sad funeral. The unhappy mother lay grief stricken, and the depth of her sorrow kept her from noticing what was going on. In the meantime, Saint Francis with one companion kindly appeared to visit the desolate woman, whom he knew was devoted to him, and spoke these pious words, "Do not weep, for the quenched light of your lamp, which you mourn, will be restored to you through my intercession!" The woman jumped up immediately, and told everyone what Saint Francis had told her, and would not allow the body of the deceased to be removed, but with great faith, invoking the name of Saint Francis, took hold of her dead daughter, and lifted her up safe and sound, to the wonder of all the bystanders.

3The brothers of Nocera [Umbra] asked a man named Peter for a certain cart that they needed for a short time. He foolishly replied by hurling insults at them in place of what they asked, and for the alms requested in honor of Saint Francis he spat out blasphemy at his name. The man immediately regretted his foolishness, as the fear of God came upon him, a fear that the vengeance of the Lord would follow, and it did come soon after. His firstborn son soon took sick and after a short time gave up his spirit. The unhappy father rolled about on the ground and called out to Saint Francis again and again, shouting tearfully, "It is I who have sinned; I spoke evil; you should have punished me personally. Give me back, dear saint, the one you took from this wicked blasphemer, for now I have repented. I surrender myself to you; I promise you lasting service, and will always offer to Christ a devout sacrifice of praise in honor

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Legenda Maior, Fontes Franciscani, p. 919-921


viam universae carnis intravit. 2Convenientibus autem clericis nocte ad exsequias et vigilias cum Psalteriis decantandas, subito cunctis cernentibus, erexit se mulier super lectum et unum de adstantibus sacerdotem, patrinum videlicet suum, vocavit dicens: « Volo confiteri, pater, audi peccatum meum! 3Ego enim mortua duro eram carceri mancipanda, quoniam peccatum, quod tibi pandam, necdum confessa fueram. 4Sed orante », inquit, « pro me sancto Francisco, cui, dum viverem, devota mente servivi, redire nunc ad corpus indultum est mihi, ut, illo revelato peccato, sempiternam promerear vitam. 5Et ecce, vobis videntibus, postquam illud detexero, ad promissam requiem properabo ». 6Trementer ergo sacerdoti trementi confessa, post absolutionem receptam quiete se in lecto collegit et in Domino feliciter ob dormivit.

2 1In castro Pomarico in montanis Apuliae posito, patri et matri unica erat filia in tenera aetate tenere praedilecta. 2Qua infirmitate gravi ad mortem perducta, parentes eius successionem aliam non sperantes, se in illa quasi mortuos reputabant. 3Convenientibus ergo consanguineis et amicis ad flebile nimis funus, iacebat mater infelix ineffabilibus completa doloribus et absorpta suprema tristitia, de his quae fiebant nihil penitus advertebat. 4Interim sanctus Franciscus, uno tantum socio comitatus, apparens desolatam visitare dignatus est feminam, quam sibi senserat esse devotam et piis eam affatus alloquiis: 5 « Noli flere », inquit, « nam lucernae tuae lumen, quod deploras exstinctum, mea tibi est intercessione reddendum ». 6Surrexit continuo mulier, et quae sibi dixerat Sanctus omnibus manifestans, non permisit exstinctum corpus efferri, 7sed cum magna fide sancti Francisci nomen invocans et mortuam filiam apprehendens, vivam et incolumem, cunctis videntibus et mirantibus, allevavit.

3 1Cum fratres de Noceria peterent quoddam plaustrum a quodam viro, Petro nomine, quo aliquantulum indigebant, stulte respondit eis, pro petito subsidio irrogando convicium, et pro eleemosyna ad honorem sancti postulata Francisci, in nomen ipsius blasphemiam iaculando. 2Poenituit hominem statim insipientiae suae, divino super eum irruente pavore, ne forte ultio Domini sequeretur, sicut et fuit protinus subsecuta. 3Nam infirmatus continuo primogenitus eius, parvo elapso spatio, spiritum exhalavit. 4Volutabatur per humum pater infelix et sanctum Dei Franciscum invocare non cessans, cum lacrimis exclamabat: 5 « Ego sum, qui peccavi, ego, qui inique locutus sum; me in persona propria flagellare debuisti. 6Redde, Sancte, iam poenitenti quod abstulisti impie blasphemanti! 7Tibi me reddo, tuis me obsequiis semper expono; nam et devotum sacrificium laudis pro tui honore nominis semper offeram Christo ».

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 656