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This teaching was not forgotten by a certain lay brother whom we believe should be venerated among the martyrs, since he gained the palm of glorious victory.a When he was taken by the Saracens to his martyrdom, he held the Rule in his uplifted hands, and kneeling

humbly, said to his companion: "Dear brother, I proclaim myself guilty before the eyes of Majesty Is 3:8 of everything that I ever did against this holy Rule!" The stroke of the sword followed this short confession, and with this martyrdom he ended his life, and afterward shone with signs and wonders. 2 Cor 12:12 This brother had entered the Order so young that he could hardly bear the Rule's fasting, yet even as a boy he wore a harness next to his skin. Oh happy child, who began happily, that he might finish more happily!

Chapter CLIX
A VISION EXTOLLING THE RULE

209The most holy Father once saw by heavenly revelation a vision concerning the Rule. It was at the time when there was discussion among the brothers about confirming the Rule, and the saint was extremely anxious about this matter. This is what was shown to him in a dream: It seemed to him that he was gathering tiny bread crumbs from the ground, which he had to distribute to a crowd of hungry brothers who stood all around him. He was afraid to give out such little crumbs, fearing that such minute particles might slip between his fingers, when a voice cried out to him from above: "Francis, make one host out of all the crumbs, and give it to those who want to eat." He did this, and whoever did not receive it devoutly, or showed contempt for the gift received, soon appeared obviously infected with leprosy.

In the morning the saint recounted all this to his companions, regretting that he did not understand the mystery of the vision. Dn 2:19 But shortly afterward, as he kept vigil in prayer, this voice came down to him from heaven: "Francis, the crumbs you saw last night are the words of the Gospel; the host is the Rule, and the leprosy is wickedness."

The brothers of those times
did not consider this promise which they had sworn 
either hard or harsh;
they were always more than ready

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 381

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