The Remembrance of the Desire of a Soul - 378 

much nobler than that earthly one,
that the blessed father established in that place
with the Holy Spirit leading Is 63:14
for the increase of the heavenly city,
after he had repaired the material church.
We should not believe
that for the sake of repairing a crumbling and perishable building,
that Christ spoke to him from the wood of the Cross
and in such an amazing way
that it strikes fear and inflicts pain
upon anyone who hears of it.
But, as earlier foretold by the Holy Spirit,
an Order of holy virgins was to be established there
to be brought one day
as a polished collection of living stones 1 Pt 2:5a
for the restoration of the heavenly house.
The virgins of Christ
had begun to gather in that place,
assembled from diverse regions of the world,
professing the greatest perfection
in the observance of the highest poverty 2 Cor 8:2
and the beauty of every virtue.
Though the father gradually withdrew
his bodily presence 2 Cor 10:10 from them,
he still offered in the Holy Spirit, Mt 3:11
his affection to care for them.
The saint recognized that they were marked
with many signs of the highest perfection,
and that they were ready to bear any loss
and undergo any labor for Christ Phil 1:29
and did not ever want to turn aside
Ps 119:21 [Vulgate, Ps 118:21] the holy commandments.
Therefore, he firmly promised them,
and others who professed poverty
in a similar way of life,
that he and his brothers
would perpetually offer them help and advice.
And he carried this out carefully
as long as he lived,




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 378