The Treatise on the Miracles of Saint Francis - 459 

After spending a night in prayer at the saint's tomb, his crippled leg was cured and, overflowing with joy, he returned home without a cane.

163A boy had one leg so deformed that his knee was pressed against his chest and his heel against his buttocks. He was carried to the tomb of the blessed Francis, while his father was mortifying his own flesh with a hair shirt and his mother was performing severe penance for him. Suddenly the boy had his health fully restored.

164In the city of Fano there was a man who was crippled with his legs doubled up under him. They were covered with sores that gave off such a foul odor that the hospice staff refused to take him in or keep him. But then he asked the blessed father Francis for mercy and, through his merits, in a short time he rejoiced in being cured.

165There was also a little girl in Gubbio; her hands and all her limbs were so crippled that for over a year she was totally unable to use them. Carrying a wax image, her nurse brought her to the tomb of the blessed father Francis to seek the favor of a cure. After she had been there for eight days, on the last day all her limbs were restored to their proper functions so that she was considered well enough to return to her activities.

166There was another boy from Montenero lying for several daysin front of the doors of the church where the body of Saint Francis rested. He could not walk or sit up, since he was completely paralyzed from the waist down. One day he got into the church and touched the tomb of the blessed father Francis. When he came back outside, he was completely cured. Moreover, the young boy himself reported that while he was lying in front of the tomb of the glorious saint, a young man was there with him clothed in the habit of the brothers, on top of the tomb. The young man was carrying some pears in his hands, and he called the boy. Offering him a pear, he encouraged him to get up. The boy took the pear from the young man's hand, and answered: "See, I am crippled and cannot get up at all!" He ate the pear given to him, and then started to put out his hand for another pear that the young man offered him. The young man again encouraged him to stand up, but the boy, feeling weighed down with his illness, did not get up. But while the boy reached out his hand, the young man holding out the pear took hold of his hand and led him outside. Then he vanished from sight. When the boy saw that he was cured, he began to cry at the top of his voice, telling everyone what had happened to him.




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 459