A Book of the Praises of Saint Francis (1277-1283) - 44 

the mountain to move from here, and it would move." The saint replied: "Lord, what is the mountain that I could move?" And again he heard: "The mountain is your temptation." And he said, sobbing: "Lord, be it done to me as you have said!" At once, after the whole temptation was driven away, he was set free.

17His spirit emptied itself with humility, cherishing everyone, deferring to everyone. He used to revere priests of the Church; would respect the elderly, and honored the noble and the wealthy. He loved the poor intimately, however, and, while preserving peace with people of all rank, he urged his brothers eagerly to this. He used to tell them: "As you announce peace with your mouth, may you keep it in your heart, thus no one will be provoked to anger or scandal, but rather to kindness and gentleness. For we have been called to this: to cure the wounded, to bind up the broken, and to recall the erring. Many who seem to us to be members of the devil, will yet be disciples of Christ."

21To his brothers he would speak compassionately, not as a judge, but as a father to his children and a doctor to the sick, so that the word of the Apostle might be fulfilled in him: Who is weak that I am not weaker? Great was his compassion toward the sick and great his concern for their needs. He conducted himself toward all as he would toward individuals. As he scrutinized with dignified honor any revered person coming to the Order and respectfully gave to each his due, he wisely considered in all matters the dignity of rank of each one. He was truly endowed with outstanding discernment and the grace of simplicity, so that with a true dove-like simplicity, he possessed the prudence of a serpent. Mt 10:16

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Liber de Laudibus Beati Francisci, Fontes Franciscani, p. 1264-1265


dices monti, ut transeat, et transibit ». Respondit Sanctus: « Domine, quis est mons, quem velim ipse transferre? ». 15Et iterato audivit: « Mons est tentatio [tua] ». Et ille illacrymans dixit: « Fiat mihi, Domine, sicut dixisti ». 16Statim , omni tentatione propulsa, liber efficitur.

17Condescendebat humiliter eius animus, omnes fovens, omnibus deferens, venerabatur sacerdotes Ecclesiae, reverebatur seniores, nobiles et divites honorabat, pauperes autem intime diligebat et cum omni conditione hominum pacem servans ad hoc fratres sollicite inducebat. 18Dicebat eis: « Pacem sicut nuntiatis ore, ita retineatis in corde, ut nullus per vos ad iram seu scandalum, sed potius ad benignitatem et mansuetudinem provocetur. 19Ad hoc enim vocati sumus, ut vulneratos medeamur, alligemus confractos et erroneos revocemus. 20Multi videntur nobis membra diaboli, qui adhuc Christi erunt discipuli ».

21Fratribus autem compatienter non sicut iudex, sed sicut pater filiis et infirmo medicus loquebatur, ut impleretur in eo verbum Apostoli: Quis infirmatur, et ego non infirmor? 22Ad infirmos etiam corpore multa sibi compassio, multa pro ipsorum necessitatibus sollicitudo, ad omnes denique se gerebat, prout singulis congruebat. 23Nam et reverendas personas ad Ordinem venientes honorificentia digna pertractans et pie cuique quod suum erat impendens considerabat prudenter in omnibus cunctorum graduum dignitatem. 24Revera discretione praecipua praeditus erat et simplicitatis gratia, ut vera cum simplicitate columbae prudentiam serpentis retineret.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 44