The Remembrance of the Desire of a Soul - 371 

ily shines; a diverse beauty that gives great pleasure to the father of the family."

Chapter CXLV
HOW THE SAINT WANTED TO BE SHAVED

193 Whenever Saint Francis was being shaved, he would always say to the one who shaved him: "Be careful: don't give me a big tonsure! I want my simple brothers to have a share in my head!"a

Really he wanted the Order to be held in common by the poor and illiterate and not just by the learned and rich. "With God," he would say, "there is no respecting of persons, and the Holy Spirit, the general minister of the religion, rests equally upon the poor and simple." He really wanted to put these words in the Rule, but the papal seal already given to the rule precluded it.

Chapter CXLVI
HOW HE WANTED "EMINENT CLERICS" WHO ENTERED THE ORDER
TO GIVE UP THEIR PROPERTY

194 Once he said that if an "eminent cleric"b were to join the Order, he should in some way renounce even learning, so that having renounced even this possession, he might offer himself naked to the arms of the Crucified.c "Learning," he would say, "makes many hard to teach, not allowing them to bend something rigid in them to humble disciplines. And so I wish an educated man would first offer me this prayer: ' Look, Brother; I have lived for a long time in the world and have not really known my God. Grant me, I pray you, a place removed from the noise of the world, where I may recall my years in Is 38:15 sorrow and where I may gather thescattered bits of my heart and turn my spirit to better things.' What do you think will become," he asked, "of someone who begins in this way? He will emerge an unchained lion, strong enough for anything, and the blessed sap which he tapped in the beginning will grow in him through constant progress. To him at last the true ministry of the word will be given safely, for he will pour out what bubbles up in his heart."

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 371