A Mirror of the Perfection (The Sabatier Edition, 1928) - 322 

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HOW, HUMBLING HIMSELF, HE TAUGHT THE BROTHERS TO RECOGNIZE WHEN HE WAS A SERVANT OF GOD AND WHEN HE WAS NOT

Blessed Francis called together many of the brothers and said to them: "I prayed to the Lord that he might deign to show me when I am his servant and when I am not, for I desire to be nothing else except to be his servant. And now the gracious Lord himself in his mercy is giving me this answer: 'Know that you are in truth my servant when you think, speak, and do things that are holy.' And so I have called you brothers and disclosed this to you so that I can be filled with shame before you whenever you see me lacking in all or in some of these things."

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HOW HE EXPRESSLY WANTED ALL THE BROTHERS TO WORK OCCASIONALLY WITH THEIR HANDS

He used to say that the lukewarm who do not apply themselves constantly and humbly to some work, would quickly be vomited out of the Lord's mouth. No idler could appear in his presence without immediately feeling the sharp bite of his criticism. This exemplar of every perfection worked humbly with his hands, not allowing the great gift of time to go to waste. And so he would often say: "I want all my brothers to work and humbly keep busy in good works, and those who do not know how to work should learn, so that we may be less of a burden to people, and that in idleness the heart and tongue may not stray." He would say that profit or payment for work should not be left to the whim of the worker, but is to be entrusted to the guardian or the family.

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Speculum Perfectionis, Fontes Franciscani, p.


Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 322