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Chapter CVIII
THE RESPECT HE SHOWED TO THE BISHOP OF IMOLA

147 When Saint Francis came to Imola, a city of Romagna, he presented himself to the bishop of that regiona and asked him for permission to preach. But the bishop said: "Brother, I preach to my people and that is enough."b Saint Francis bowed his head and humbly went outside, but less than an hour later he came back in. " What do you want now, brother?" the bishop asked. "What else do you want?" Blessed Francis replied: "My Lord, if a father throws his son out by one door, he should come back in by another!" The bishop, overcome by his humility, embraced him with a smile, saying: "From now on you and your brothers have my general permission to preach in my diocese. Holy humility earned it!"

Chapter CIX
HIS HUMILITY TO SAINT DOMINIC, AND VICE VERSA,
AND THEIR MUTUAL CHARITY

148 Those two bright lights of the world, Saint Dominic and Saint Francis, were once in the City with the Lord of Ostia, who later became Supreme Pontiff. As they took turns pouring out honey-sweet words about the Lord, the bishop finally said to them: "In the early Church the Church's shepherds were poor, and men of charity, not on fire with greed. Why don't we make bishops and prelates of your brothers who excel more than others in teaching and example?" Ti 2:7

There arose a disagreement between the saints about answering—neither wishing to go first, but rather each deferring to the other. Each urged the other to reply. Each seemed superior to the other, since each was devoted to the other. At last humility conquered Francis as he did not speak first, but it also conquered Dominic, since in speaking first, he humbly obeyed.

Blessed Dominic therefore answered the bishop: "My Lord, my brothers are already raised to a good level, if they will only realize it, and as much as possible I would not allow them to obtain any other mark of dignity."

As this brief response ended, Blessed Francis bowed to the bishop and said: "My Lord, my brothers are called 'lesser' precisely

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 342