The Miracles Shown after His Death - 680 

saint became known to all, and many came, both men and women hurrying to see. Their tongues could not call into doubt what their eyes had seen, and they encouraged all to praise God in the wondrous power and loving piety of His saint.a

5At Scoppito a man and wife had but one son, but he was the cause of daily lament, a sort of disgrace to their family line. His forearms were joined to his neck, his knees to his chest, and his feet joined to his buttocks, he appeared to be a monster, not the offspring of humans. The wife, overcome with greater sorrow over this, called to Christ, invoking the help of Saint Francis, to see fit to lift her from her unhappy and shameful condition. One night, while she was overcome with sad sleep because of her sad state, Saint Francis appeared to her and kindly addressed soothing words to her. He urged her to carry the boy to the place nearby dedicated to his name, so that once bathed in the Lord's namewith water from the well of that place he would be completely healthy. She failed to carry out the saint's command, so Saint Francis repeated it a second time. He appeared to her a third time and, walking ahead as guide, took the woman together with the boy, to the door of that place. Some noble matrons were arriving at that place out of devotion, and when the woman carefully explained to them about the vision, they along with her presented the boy to the brothers. Drawing some water from the well, the noblest among them washed the infant with her own hands. The boy instantly appeared healthy, with all his limbs in their proper place. The greatness of this miracle aroused wonder in them all.b

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Legenda Maior, Fontes Franciscani, p. 957-959


7Innotuit omnibus mirabile Sancti donum, multis tam viris quam mulieribus accelerantibus ad videndum. 8Et quia quod testabantur oculi, lingua impugnare non poterat, excitabantur omnes ad laudandum Deum in Sancti sui virtute mirabili et amabili pietate.

5 1Apud Scopletum vir et uxor, unicum habentes filium, quotidie illum velut hereditarium opprobrium deplorabant. 2Brachiis siquidem collo connexis, iunctisque genibus pectori, et pedibus natibus alligatis non hominis proles, sed monstrum quoddam potius videbatur. 3Vehementiore mulier ex hoc afflicta dolore, crebris gemitibus clamabat ad Christum sancti Francisci auxilium invocando, ut infelici sibi et in tali opprobrio constitutae succurrere dignaretur. 4Nocte igitur quadam, cum propter huiusmodi tristitiam tristis eam somnus arriperet, apparuit ei sanctus Franciscus, piis eam affatibus mulcens, insuper et suadens, quod ad locum propinquum suo nomini dedicatum deferret puerum, ut ex aqua putei loci illius in nomine Domini superfusus, plenam reciperet sospitatem. 5Negligente autem illa Sancti adimplere mandatum, secundo replicavit id ipsum. 6Tertio quoque, apparens, mulierem cum puero usque ad ianuam dicti loci praeambulo ducatu perduxit. 7Supervenientes autem nobiles quaedam matronae devotionis causa ad locum praedictum, eis a muliere praefata diligenter exposita visione, una cum ipsa puerum fratribus praesentarunt, et haurientes aquam de puteo, earum nobilior propriis manibus lavit infantem. 8Statim puer, omnibus membris ad sua loca productis, sanus apparuit, et magnitudo miraculi omnibus admirationem induxit.

5a Additio Posterior. – 1Apud Segusiam iuvenis quidam de Riparolio, Ubertinus nomine, Ordinem Fratrum Minorum ingressus, novitiatus sui tempore, horridi cuiusdam perturbatione pavoris incurrit amentiam totiusque dextrae partis paralysis morbo gravissimo auditum et linguam cum motu amisit et sensu. 2Cum autem sic miserabilis, non sine fratrum multa moestitia, per plures dies in lectulo decubasset, beati Francisci solemnitas supervenit, in cuius vigilia, concesso sibi aliquo lucido intervallo, pium patrem, licet voci informi, corde tamen fideli, prout poterat invocabat. 3Hora vero matutinali fratribus omnibus in ecclesia laudibus divinis intentis, ecce beatus pater, habitu fratrum indutus, in infirmariae loco praefato novitio adstitit, 4lumenque non modicum in habitaculo illo refulsit. 5Et extensam manum super dextrum illius latus a capite usque ad pedes suaviter contingendo deducens, digitos in auriculas misit, quodamque in dextro humero impresso charactere: « hoc tibi », ait, « signum erit, quod Deus per me, cuius exemplo ductus religionem intrasti, plene te restituit sanitati »; 7chordaque illum succingens, quia sine chorda iacebat, dixit ad eum: « Surgens, ecclesiam intra, ut laudes Deo debitas cum fratribus devotus exsolvas! ». 8Quibus dictis, cum puer ipsum manibus vellet contingere et pedum eius osculari vestigia, ut gratias ageret, ab eius adspectu beatus pater abscessit. 9Et iuvenis, recuperata sanitate corporis cum rationis industria, vivacitate sensuum et loquela, ecclesiam ingressus, cum multa fratrum et saecularium admiratione, qui tunc aderant et iuvenem paralyticum viderant et amentem, laudibus divinis interfuit et per ordinem narrato miraculo, multos ad Christi et beati Francisci devotionem accendit.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 680