A Collection of Sayings of the Companions of Blessed Francis - 125 

your knowledge and wisdom. But I trust in the Lord's police that through them He will punish you, and you will return to your state, to your blame, like it or not." The cardinal was shocked, and said nothing, and all the brothers were afraid.

5One time the Lord Jesus Christ said to Brother Leo, the companion of blessed Francis: "I have a complaint about the brothers." "About what, Lord?" Brother Leo replied. And the Lord said: "About three things. They do not recognize My gifts which, as you know, I generously bestow on them daily, since they neither sow nor reap. All day long they are idle and complain. And they often provoke one another to anger, and do not return to love, and do not pardon the injury they receive."

6As an angel announced to him, Blessed Francis said that he had obtained from the Lord four things. Namely, the religion and the profession of the Lesser Brothers will last until the day of judgment. In addition, no one who deliberately persecutes the Order will live long. Furthermore, no evil person, intending to live an evil life in it, will be able to remain in it for long. Likewise, whosoever loves the Order wholeheartedly, however great a sinner, will obtain mercy in the end.

7Blessed Francis used to say that a good Lesser Brother is one who would possess the life and qualities of the following holy brothers: namely, the faith and love of poverty which Brother Bernard most perfectly had; the simplicity and purity of Brother Leo who was truly a man of most holy purity; the courtly bearing of Brother Angelo who was the first soldier to enter the Order and was endowed with every courtesy and kindness; the friendly manner and common sense of Brother Masseo, together with his attractive and gracious eloquence; the mind raised in contemplation which Brother Giles had even to the highest perfection; the virtuous and constant prayer of Brother Rufino who, whatever he was doing, even sleeping, always prayed without ceasing and whose mind was always intent on the Lord; the patience of Brother Juniper, who achieved the perfect state of patience because he always kept in mind the perfect truth of his low estate and the ardent desire to imitate Christ through the way of the cross; the bodily and spiritual strength of Brother John of Lauds, who at that time in his robust body surpassed everyone; the charity of Brother Roger whose life and conduct were spent in ardent love; the solicitude of Brother Lucidus who had the greatest care and concern and did not want to remain in any place for a month, and when he enjoyed staying some place, would immediately leave, saying: "We do not have a dwelling here on earth, but in heaven. Thanks be to God. Amen."




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 125