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they all understood, as they looked into each other's hearts, that it was their holy father Francis who had been transfigured in such an image. Shown to them by the Lord as one coming in the spirit and power of Elias, Lk 1:17 and as Israel's chariot and charioteer, 2 Kgs 02:12 he had been made leader for spiritual men. When the holy man rejoined his brothers, he began to comfort them concerning the vision they had been shown from heaven, probe the secrets of their consciences, predict the future, and radiate with miracles. In this manner, he revealed that the twofold spirit of Elias rested upon him in such plenitude that it was absolutely safe for all to follow his life and teaching.

Seventh Lesson

At that time a religious of the Order of the Crosiers, whose name was Morico, was suffering in a hospital near Assisi from an illness so serious and so prolonged that it was believed that he was very close to death. Through a messenger he solicited the man of God, earnestly asking him to be willing to intercede for him with God. The holy man kindly assented to his request. After first praying, he took some bread crumbs and mixed them with oil taken from a lamp that burned before the altar of the Virgin. He made a kind of pill out of them and sent it to the sick man through the hands of his brothers, saying: "Take this medicine to our brother Morico. By means of it Christ's power will not only restore him to full health, but also will make him a sturdy warrior and enlist him in our forces permanently." When the sick man took the medicine which had been prepared under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he was cured immediately. God gave him such strength of mind and body, that when a little later he entered the holy man's religion, he wore only a single tunic, under which for a long time he wore a hair shirt next to his skin. He neither drank wine nor tasted anything that was cooked.

Eighth Lesson

At that time there was a priest from Assisi, whose name was Sylvester, who was certainly a man of an upright way of life and possessed dove-like simplicity. In a dream he saw that whole region encircled by a huge dragon whose loathsome and frightful image, it seemed, threatened imminent destruction to different areas of the world. After this, he contuited a glittering golden cross issuing from Francis's mouth. The top of the cross reached the heavens. Its arms, stretched wide, seemed to extend to the ends of the world,

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Legenda Minor, Fontes Franciscani, p. 976-978


3Intellexerunt namque concorditer omnes, videntibus invicem universis in cordibus singulorum, sanctum Patrem Franciscum in tali transfiguratum effigie sibi demonstratum a Domino, tamquam qui in spiritu veniens et virtute Eliae spiritualis esset militiae princeps effectus, ut currus Israel et auriga eius. 4Reversus nempe vir sanctus ad fratres, coepit confortare illos de ostensa eis caelitus visione, 5coepit et conscientiarum ipsorum secreta rimari necnon et futura praedicere, adeoque coruscare miraculis, ut patenter claresceret, duplicem Eliae spiritum in tanta super eum plenitudine quievisse, quod post ipsius doctrinam et vitam erat omnibus proficisci tutissimum.

Lectio septima.

7 1Religiosus quidam tunc temporis de Ordine Cruciferorum, Moricus nomine, in hospitali quodam prope Assisium languore tam gravi tamque prolixo laborans, ut crederetur morti iam proximus, viro Dei supplex factus per nuntium, postulabat instanter, ut pro se ad Deum intercedere vellet. 2Cui vir pius benigne assentiens, oratione praemissa, panis micas accepit, et cum oleo sumpto de lampade, quae coram Virginis ardebat altari, commiscens, quasi quoddam electuarium per manus fratrum infirmanti transmisit, 3dicens: « Medicinam hanc fratri nostro deferte Morico, qua ipsum Christi virtus non solum plenae sanitati restituet, verum etiam robustum bellatorem effectum aciei nostrae perseveranter adiunget ». 4Statim autem, ut antidotum illud sancti Spiritus adinventione confectum aeger homo gustavit, sanus exsurgens, tantum mentis et corporis a Deo vigorem obtinuit, ut paulo post viri sancti Religionem ingressus, longo tempore loricam portaret ad carnem, et crudis dumtaxat contentus cibariis, nec vini poculum sumeret nec coctum aliquid degustaret.

Lectio octava.

8 1Illo quoque tempore sacerdos quidam de civitate Assisii, SAvester nomine, vir utique conversationis honestae ac simplicitatis columbinae , vidit in somnis regionem illam totam a dracone immenso circumdari, prae cuius teterrima horridaque effigie diversis, ut videbatur, mundi climatibus propinquum imminebat excidium. 2Contuebatur post haec crucem auream atque fulgentem procedentem ex ore Francisci, cuius summitas caelos tangebat, et brachia protensa in latum usque ad mundi fines videbantur extendi,

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 692