The Treatise on the Miracles of Saint Francis - 430 

Siponto.a They had a very fatiguing task, and lacked the means necessary to complete the construction. One night when they had risen from sleep to offer lauds, they began to hear the sound of falling and crashing stones. Each encouraged the other to go look, and when they went outside they saw a great crowd of people competing to gather stones. They all came and went in silence, and all were dressed in white clothing. The great pile of stones gathered was proof that this was not an illusion: these did not run out until the work was finished. The suspicion that this was accomplished by men living in the flesh Gal 2:20 was removed when a diligent search turned up no one who would have planned such a thing.

61The son of a nobleman of Castel San Gimigniano suffered from a severe illness; all hope was abandoned and he seemed near the end. A stream of blood trickled from his eyes, like the flow of blood from the severed vein of an arm. Other signs of death's approach appeared in the rest of his body, and he seemed already gone. His friends and family, as is usual, gathered for mourning and arranged the funeral. All that remained was the burial. Meanwhile, his father, surrounded by the crowd of mourners, remembered a vision he had previously heard of. He rushed off to the church of Saint Francis, which had been built in that same town.b With a cord hanging around his neck he humbly threw himself on the ground. He made a vow and prayed repeatedly. With sighs and groans, he gained Saint Francis as his patron with Christ. As the father returned quickly to his son and found him restored to health, his mourning turned into joy. Lam 5:15

62A certain young man of the village of Piazza in Sicily had already had his soul commended in the last rites of the church. He was brought back from the threshold of death through the holy father's intercession after his uncle made a vow to him.

63In the same neighborhood a young man called Alessandro was tugging a rope with some companions on a high cliff. The rope broke, and he fell from the cliff; he was carried away, presumed dead. His father, with tears and sobs vowed to the saint of Christ, and got him back safe and sound.

64A woman of the same town suffered from typhus and was nearing her end. The commendation of her soul had already been performed, but those around her invoked the most holy father and she was instantly restored to health. Mt 12:13




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 430