A Mirror of the Perfection (The Sabatier Edition, 1928) - 288 

and I do not want to seem better than him.” This indeed was always his glory: he gave up any appearance of being singular or important, so that the power of Christ might dwell in him. 2 Cor 12:9


Once a brother asked him why he had renounced the care of all the brothers and turned them over into the hands of others as if they did not belong to him. He replied: “My son, I love the brothers as I can, but if they would follow my footsteps 1 Pt 2:21 I would surely love them more, and would not make myself a stranger to them. For there are some among the prelates who draw them in a different direction, placing before them the examples of the ancients and paying little attention to my warnings. But what they are doing and the way in which they are now acting will appear more clearly in the end.

A short time later, when he was suffering a serious illness, he raised himself up in bed in an angry spirit and cried out: “Who are these people? They have snatched out of my hands my religion and my brothers. If I go to the general chapter, I’ll show them what is my will.”


Blessed Francis was not embarrassed to go through the city’s pub- lic places to find some meat for a sick brother. However, he also advised the sick to be patient when things were lacking and not stir up a scandal if everything was not fully to their satisfaction.

Because of this he had these words written in the first Rule:a “I beg all my sick brothers that in their illness they do not become angry or upset at the Lord or the brothers. They should not anxiously seek medicines, nor desire too eagerly to free the flesh that is soon to die and is an enemy of the soul. Let them give thanks for all things 1 Thes 5:18 and let them desire to be, however, as God wills them to be. Those whom the Lord has destined to eternal life, Acts 13:48 He teaches with the rod of punishment




Speculum Perfectionis, Fontes Franciscani, p. 1911-1912

2Et adjecit: « Vidi jam unum caecum qui non habebat nisi unum catulum ducem sui itineris, et ego nolo videri melior illo ».

3Haec enim semper fuit gloria sua ut, omnis singularitatis et jactantiae specie relegata, habitaret in eo virtus Christi.

Quod propter malos praelatos renuntiavit officium praelationis. Caput 41.

1Interrogatus semel a quodam fratre cur fratres sie a sua cura rejecerat et alienis eos tradiderat manibus, quasi ipsi ad eum nullatenus pertinerent, respondit: 2 « Fili mi, ego fratres diligo sicut possum, sed si mea sequerentur vestigia a, ipsos utique plus amarem, nec me illis redderem alienum. 3Nam sunt quidam de numero praelatorum qui ad alia trahunt eos, proponentes illis antiquorum exempla, et parum mea monita reputantes, sed quid et qualiter ipsi nunc agant in fine clarius apparebit ».

4Et parum post, cum infirmitate nimia gravaretur, in vehementia spiritus b in lectulo se direxit, et clamans dixit: « Qui sunt isti qui religionem meam et fratres meos de manibus meis rapuerunt c? 5Si ad generale capitulum venero ego eis ostendam qualem habeam voluntatem! ».

Quod humiliter acquirebat carnes pro infirmis, et monebat eos esse humiles et patientes. Caput 42.

1Non verecundabatur beatus Franciscus per loca publica civitatum pro fratre infirmo carnes acquirere. Monebat tamen languidos patienter ferre defectus, et non consurgere in scandalum, quando non erat eis plene per omnia satisfactum.

1Unde in prima regula fecit scribi sic: Rogo fratres meos infirmos ut in suis infirmitatibus non irascantur vel conturbentur contra Dominum vel contra fratres, nec multum sollicite postulent medicinas, nec nimis desiderent liberare carnem cito morituram quae est animae inimica; 3sed de omnibus gratias agant a ut quales vult Deus eos esse, tales esse desiderent; quos enim Dominus ad vitam praeordinavit aeternam b flagellorum et infirmitatum stimulis erudit sicut ipse ait: « Ego quos amo arguo et castigo ».

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 288