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anything that was contrary to poverty.
Truly, from the beginning of his religious life until his death,
his entire wealth was a single tunic,
cord and breeches;
he had nothing else.
His poor clothing showed
where he stored his riches.
This was the reason he was happy;
he was carefree.
He was ready for the race.
He was glad to exchange perishable treasure
for the hundredfold. Mt 19:29


Chapter XXVI

56He taught his own to build poor little dwellings out of wood, and not stone, and how to build these according to a crude sketch. Often, when he spoke to the brothers about poverty, he would insist on that saying of the Gospel: "The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of God has no place on which to rest his head. "

Chapter XXVII

57 Once, there was going to be a chapter at Saint Mary of the Portiuncula. The time was already close at hand, and the people of Assisi could see that there was no house there. So in a great rush they built a house for the chapter, while the man of God was away and unaware of this. When the father finally returned, he saw the house and was annoyed. He complained, and not gently. Immediately, wanting to dismantle the building, he was the first to get up; he climbed up to the roof and started tearing out slates and tiles with a mighty hand. He ordered the brothers also to climb up and to tear down completely that monstrosity against poverty. He said that this would quickly spread throughout the Order, and everyone would take for an example any sign of pretension they saw in that place. He would have destroyed that house right to the foundations, but some knights standing




Vita Secunda Sancti Francisci, Fontes Franciscani, p. 495-496

paupertati contrarium.
8Revera ipse a principio religionis usque ad mortem,
tunica sola,
chordula et femoralibus dives,
nihil aliud habuit.
9Indicabat eius habitus pauper,
ubi suas divitias aggregaret.
10Hinc laetus,
hinc securus,
hine expeditus ad cursum,
gaudebat perituras gazas
centuplo commutasse.

De paupertate domorum

Caput XXVI.

56 1Docebat suos habitacula paupercula facere, ligneas, non lapideas, easque vili schemate casellas erigere. 2Saepe vero de paupertate sermonem faciens ingerebat fratribus evangelicum illud: « Vulpes foveas habent et volucres caeli nidos, Filius autem Dei non habuit ubi caput reclinaret ».

De domo quam apud Portiunculam destruere coepit.

57 1Quodam tempore cum apud Sanctam Mariam de Portiuncula fieri deberet capitulum et iam tempus instaret, considerans populus Assisii domum ibi non esse, nesciente pariter et absente viro Dei, domum pro capitulo citissime construunt. 2Quo tandem reversus pater, domum aspexit et moleste ferens, non molliter doluit. 3Mox ad eliminandam aedem primus assurgit, tectum covscendit, et lastas cum tegulis manu valida subruit. 4Iubet etiam fratres ascendere, et monstrum paupertati oppositum eminus abrogare. 5Dicebat enim cito expandendum per ordinem, et accipiendum omnibus in exemplum quidquid in loco illo arrogantius videretur. 6Hanc ergo domum fuhditus evertisset, nisi milites qui adstabant,

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 285