Miscellaneous Franciscan Sources - 821 

Later Rule VI 3: ". . . for the Lord made Himself poor in this world."

As in his commentary on LR I 1, Clareno quotes a saying of Francis, although, in this instance, it cannot be found in any earlier texts.

Blessed Francis used to say, "It is necessary for every disciple of Christ to look on Christ and His Cross, and to be strengthened in spirit running after Him by the narrow gate and the hard way, and to be perfect not only outside love and possession of all things which are under heaven, but forgetful of them, so that he might pass over into the inheritance of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who humbled Himself and emptied Himself, being made for us obedient unto death, and to death on the cross.

Chapter IX Preachers:

After citing ER XVII 17-9, Clareno notes that Francis recognized that, in the future, the brothers would willingly "ascend" to learning, and adds this statement. It can be found in various ways in AC 47, 103; 2C 195, 2MP 69, 72; WSF 8; WBC 10.

And again [he used to say]: "My brothers who are led by inquisitiveness for knowledge, on the day of tribulation will find their hands empty. Since they preached and knew that some were edified by that or converted to penance, they become puffed up and praise themselves for the gain of another, because the ones they think were edified by their words and converted to penance, the Lord edified and converted by the prayers of the holy brothers, although they do not realize it, because such is the will of the Lord, so that they should not grow proud over this."

Later Rule XI 1: "I strictly command all the brothers not to have any suspicious dealings or conversations with women . . ."

A similar passage can be found in 2C 112 although with significant differences: Thomas does not have the incident take place at the time of Francis's death, uses the verb recognoscere [recognize] not videre [look], and specifies the women, i.e., his mother and Saint Clare.

This is what Saint Francis said at his death, so that his brothers would take an example from him: that, from the time that he had




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 821