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Chapter XIII

109Brother Giacomo of Iseo, a man of considerable fame and renown in our Order,a testifies of himselfand gives thanks to God's saint for the grace of his health to the glory of our father. When he was a tender youth in his parental home his body suffered a serious rupture. With great suffering from the injury, the body's inner parts poured out: things that nature had placed inside were now in a place that was not theirs. His father and family, who were aware of the cause, were concerned and repeatedly sought medical help, but to no avail. Inspired by the divine Spirit the youth began to reflect about his salvation and to seek with a sincere mind the God who heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He thus devoutly entered the Order of Saint Francis without revealing to anyone the infirmity that troubled him. After he stayed Mt 25:5 in the Order a short time, the brothers became aware of his infirmity; and they intended to make the painful decision to send him back to his parents.b But the boy's determination was strong enough to overcome this unpleasant decision. The brothers took the youth into their care until, strengthened by grace, his sound way of life proved him a good man. He undertook the care of souls among them and was praiseworthy for his religious discipline.

It happened that when the body of blessed Francis was transferred to its place,c this same brother was among the many who joyfully celebrated the translation. He approached the tomb in which the body of the most holy father rested and prayed at length for his long-standing infirmity. His inner parts suddenly and wonderfully returned to their proper place and he felt himself healed. He laid aside his truss and was from then on totally free of his pain.

110A man from Pisa suffered bitter pain and terrible shame because he eliminated all the hidden things of his bowels by way of his private parts, and he contemplated diabolical action against himself: in the depth of his despair he resolved to end his life by hanging himself. But before that, the sting of his not yet deadened conscience led him to impress on his memory the name of Saint Francis and, however weakly, to invoke him with his mouth. He soon experienced a




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 445