The Treatise on the Miracles of Saint Francis - 450 

121While blessed Francis was still alive, a woman of Narni, afflicted with blindness, miraculously received the sight she had lost when the man of God made the sign of the cross over her eyes.

122A man named Pietro Romano from Monte Garganoa was working in his vineyard and while he was cutting wood with a blade struck his own eye and sliced it in half, so that part of the pupil was hanging out. Since the danger was desperate and he despaired that human help could save him, he promised that he would eat nothing on the feast of Saint Francis if the saint would help him. Right then the saint of God replaced the man's eye to its proper place, closed the wound and restored his earlier sight.

123The son of a nobleman was born blind Jn 9:1 and obtained the sight he longed for through the merits of blessed Francis. He was called Illuminato,b named for the event. When he was old enough he joined the Order of Saint Francis and finally fulfilled a holy beginning with an even holier ending.

124Bevagna is a noble town in the valley of Spoleto. In it there lived a holy woman with an even holier daughter, a virgin, and a niece very devoted to Christ. Saint Francis several times enjoyed their hospitality, for the woman had a son in the Order, a man of outstanding virtue. One of them, however, the niece, was deprived of bodily sight, though her inner sight, which sees God, was sharp and clear. Saint Francis was once asked to take pity on the girl's infirmity and to consider all their hard work. He smeared the eyes Jn 9:1 of the blind girl with his saliva three times in the name of the Trinity, and thus restored to her the sight she desired.

125In Città della Pieve there was a young man, a beggar who was deaf and mute from birth. Jn 9:1 His tongue was so short and stubby that, to those who many times examined it, it seemed to be completely cut out. A man named Marco received him as a guest for God's sake. When the youth saw the good will shown him, he stayed on with him.

One evening that man was dining with his wife, while the boy stood by. He said to his wife, "I would consider it the greatest miracle if blessed Francis were to give back to this boy his hearing and speech. I vow to God," he added, "that if Saint Francis in his goodness will do this, for the love of him I will support this boy Gn 8:15 as long as he lives." A marvelous promise indeed! Suddenly the boy's tongue grew, and he spoke, saying, "Long live Saint Francis! I see him standing above me, and he has granted me speech and




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 450