The Miracles Shown after His Death - 681 

6In the village of Cori of the diocese of Ostia, a man had so totally lost the use of a leg that he could not walk or move at all. He was thus confined in bitter agony and had lost hope in any human assistance. One night he began to spell out his complaint to blessed Francis as if he saw him there present. "Help me, Saint Francis! Think of all my service and devotion to you. I carried you on my donkey; I kissed your holy hands and feet. I was always devoted to you, always gracious, and, as you see, I am dying of the torture of this harsh suffering." Moved by his complaint and recalling his good deeds and devotion gratefully he came immediately and, with one brother, appeared to the man keeping vigil. He said that he had come at his call, and that he carried the means of healing. He touched the source of the pain with a small stick bearing the figure of the "Tau." The abscess healed quickly, as he gave him perfect health. What is even more amazing, he left the sacred sign of the "Tau" stamped on the spot of the healed ulcer as a reminder of the miracle. Saint Francis signed his letters with this sign whenever charity or necessity led him to send something in writing.

7But see now how our mind,
wandering about through the diverse miracles
of the glorious Father Francis,
and distracted by the variety of the stories,
comes at last,
by the merits of that glorious standard bearer of the cross,
and not without divine guidance,
to the Tau,
the symbol of salvation.
From this we can understand that,
just as while he was among the militant following Christ,
the Cross was the peak of merit for his salvation
so also, now that he is triumphant with Christ,
the Cross has become the foundation of testimonies for his glory.

8Indeed, in this great and awesome mystery of the cross,
the charisms 1 Cor 12:31 of graces,
the merits of virtue,
and the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge
are concealed in such profound depths
as to be hidden

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Legenda Maior, Fontes Franciscani, p. 959-960


6 1In castro Chore Ostiensis dioecesis vir quidam crus sic ex toto perdiderat, ut nullo modo progredi vel movere se posset. 2Positus itaque in angustia vehementi et auxilio desperatus humano, coepit nocte quadam, ac si praesentem cerneret beatum Franciscum, talem coram eo assumere materiam querelandi: 3« Adiuva me, sancte Francisce, recolens meum servitium et devotionem tibi impensam. 4Nam in asino meo te portavi, sanctos pedes tuos et sanctas manus osculatus fui, semper tibi devotus, semper benevolus exstiti, et ecce, morior doloris huius durissimo cruciatu ». 5His pulsatus querelis, statim affuit beneficiorum memor, devotioni gratus, et vigilanti viro cum uno fratre apparuit. 6Ad vocationem eius venisse se dixit et tulisse remedia sanitatis. 7Tetigit locum doloris cum baculo parvulo, qui figuram Thau in se habebat, et fracto mox apostemate, perfectam tribuit sanitatem. 8Et, quod mirabilius est, sacrum signum Thau impressum super locum sanati ulceris ad miraculi memoriam dereliquit. 9Hoc signo sanctus Franciscus suas consignabat litteras, quoties caritatis causa scriptum aliquod dirigebat.

7 1Sed, ecce,
dum per diversa miracula
gloriosi Patris Francisci
mens narrationis varietate distracta decurrit,
promerente ipso crucis glorioso signifero,
in signum salutis
Thau
non sine divina directione pervenit,
2ut ex hoc possimus advertere,
quod sicut crux militanti post Christum
fuit sublimitas meriti ad salutem,
sic et triumphanti cum Christo
facta est firmitas testimonii ad honorem.

8 1Hoc quippe crucis mysterium magnum et mirum,
in quo charismata gratiarum
et merita virtutum
et thesauri sapientiae et scientiae
tam alta profunditate
velantur,

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 681