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did not have a cell made for him or any kind of house, but stayed beneath a rock on the mountainside. We can follow him in the way prescribed: holding nothing as our own property, even though we cannot live without the use of houses."

Chapter XXX
POVERTY OF FURNISHINGS

60 This man not only hated pretense in houses; he also abhorred having many or fine furnishings in them. He disliked anything, in tables or dishes, that recalled the ways of the world. He wanted everything to sing of exile and pilgrimage.

Chapter XXXI
AN EXAMPLE OF THE TABLE SET ON EASTER DAY AT GRECCIO,
HOW HE PRESENTED HIMSELF AS A PILGRIM AFTER THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST

61 On a certain Easter Daya the brothers in the hermitage of Greccio set the table more carefully than usual, with white clothes and glassware. The Father came down from his cell and went to the table. He saw that it was elevated and elaborately decorated, but he did not smile at all at that smiling table. He secretly tiptoed away, put on his head the hat of a poor man who was there at the time, and with a staff in hand, went outside. He waited outside, at the door, until the brothers had started eating. They were accustomed not to wait for him when he did not come at the usual signal.

As they began to eat, that true poor man cried out at the door: "For the love of the Lord God, give alms Mt 6:2 to this poor, sick pilgrim!" And the brothers replied: "Come in, man, for the love of Him you invoked." He quickly came in, and showed himself to those dining. You can imagine the surprise the pilgrim provoked in those homebodies! The beggar was given a bowl and, sitting on the ground by himself, placed his dish on the ashes. "Now," he said, "I am sitting like a Lesser Brother!" And he said to the brothers: "The examples of the Son of God's poverty should move us more than other religious. I saw here a table all prepared and decorated, and recognized it as not the table of poor men who go door to door."

The chain of events proves that he was
like that other pilgrim

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ubi oravit et ieiunavit quadraginta diebus non cellam ibi fieri fecit, nec aliquam domum, sed sub saxo montis permansit. 6Sequi eum possumus in forma praescripta, nihil proprietatis habendo, licet praeter usum domorum vivere non possimus ».

Caput XXX.
De paupertate utensilium

60 1Non solum domorum arrogantiam odiebat homo iste, verum domorum utensilia multa vel exquisita plurimum perhorrebat. 2Nihil in mensis, nihil in vasis, quo mundi recordaretur, amabat, ut omma peregrinationem, omnia cantarent exsilium.

Caput XXXI
Exemplum de mensa in die Paschae apud Graecium praeparata,
et quomodo se Christi exemplo sicut peregrinum exhibuit.

61 1Factum est quodam die Paschae, ut fratres in eremo Graecii mensam accuratius solito albis et vitreis praepararent. 2Descendens autem pater de cella, venit ad mensam, conspicit alto sitam, vaneque ornatam; sed ridenti mensae nequaquam arridet. 3Furtim et pedetentim retrahit gressum, capellum cuiusdam pauperis, qui tunc aderat, capiti suo imponit, et baculum manu gestans egreditur foras. 4Exspectat foris ad ostium, donec incipiant fratres comedere; siquidem soliti erant non exspectare ipsum, quando non veniret ad signum.

5Illis incipientibus manducare, clamat verus pauper ad ostium: « Amore Domini Dei, facite», inquit, « eleemosynam isti peregrino pauperi et infirmo ». 6Respondent fratres: « Intra huc, homo, illius amore quem invocasti ». 7Repente igitur ingreditur, et sese comedentibus offert. 8Sed quantum stuporem credis peregrinum civibus intulisse? 9Datur petenti scutella, et solo solus recumbens, discum ponit in cinere. 10« Modo sedeo », ait, « ut frater Minor »; et ad fratres: « Magis nos exempla paupertatis Filii Dei quam caeteros religiosos cogere debent. 11Mensam vidi paratam et ornatam, et pauperum ostiatim euntium non esse cognovi ».

12Similem hunc fuisse peregrino illi,
qui solus erat in Jerusalem eodem die,
facti series probat.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 287