The Remembrance of the Desire of a Soul - 377 

For when humans did not heed his voice
God obeyed his prayers.

Chapter CLIV
HIS DEVOTION TO THE CROSS AND A CERTAIN HIDDEN SACRAMENT

203Finally, who can express, or who can understand,
how it was far from him to glory except in the cross of the Lord? Gal 6:14
him alone is it given to know,
to whom alone it is given to experience.
Without a doubt, even if
we were to perceive it in some sense in ourselves, words would be unable to express such marvels, soiled as they are by cheap and everyday things.
For this reason perhaps
it had to appear in the flesh, since it could not be explained in words.
Therefore,
let silence speak, where word falls short,
for symbol cries out as well, where sign falls short.
This alone intimates to human ears what is not yet entirely clear:
why that sacrament appeared in the saint.a
For what is revealed by him
draws understanding and purpose from the future.
It will be true and worthy of faith, to which nature, law and grace will be witnesses.

THE POOR LADIES

Chapter CLV
HOW HE WANTED THE BROTHERS TO HAVE DEALINGS WITH THEM

204It would not be right to pass over in silence
the memory of a spiritual building,

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 377