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Chapter CX
HOW EACH ENTRUSTED HIMSELF TO THE OTHER

150 When the servants of God finished their replies, narrated above, the Lord of Ostia was greatly edified by the words of both, and gave unbounded thanks to God. Acts 27:35 And as they left that place, blessed Dominic asked Saint Francis to be kind enough to give him the cord he had tied around him. Francis was slow to do this, refusing out of humility what the other was requesting out of charity. At last the happy devotion of the petitioner won out, and he devoutly put on the gift under his inner tunic. Finally they clasped hands, and commended themselves to each other with great sweetness. And so one saint said to the other: "Brother Francis, I wish your Order and mine might become one, so we could share the same form of life in the Church." At last, when they had parted from each other, Saint Dominic said to the many bystanders: "In truth I tell you, the other religious should follow this holy man Francis, as his holiness is so perfect."

OBEDIENCE

Chapter CXI
HOW HE ALWAYS HAD A GUARDIAN FOR THE SAKE OF TRUE OBEDIENCE

151 In order to make a profit in every possible way,
and melt down all the present time into merit,
this very shrewd businessman chose to do everything
under the harness of obedience
and to submit himself to the rule of another.

He not only resigned the office of general, but also, for the greater good of obedience, he asked for a special guardian to honor as his personal prelate. And so he said to Brother Peter of Catanio, to whom he had earlier promised obedience: "I beg you for God's sake to entrust me to one of my companions, to take your place in my regard and I will obey him as devoutly as you. I know the fruit of obedience, and that no time passes without profit for one who bends his neck to the yoke of another." His request was granted, and until death Phil 2:8 he remained a subject wherever he was, always submitting to his own guardian with reverence.

One time he said to his companions: "Among the many things which God's mercy has granted me, he has given me this grace, that I

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 344