The Book of Chronicles (Prologue and the First Tribulation) - 380 


1The life of Francis, poor and humble man of God, founder of the three Orders, has been written by four estimable persons, brothers brilliant in learning and holiness, namely Johnb and Thomas of Celano,c Brother Bonaventure, minister general after blessed Francis,d and a man of marvelous simplicity and holiness, Brother Leo, the companion of Saint Francis.e

4Anyone who reads and diligently examines these four descriptions or histories will be able to know in part from the matters told in them the vocation, way of life, holiness, innocence, life, and first and last intention of that seraphic man;f and how Christ especially loved him and was kind and familiar with him, cleansing, illuminating, and forming him; drawing him after Himself to follow the footprints of His perfection, appearing to him crucified. He so transformed him into Himself, that from then on he lived not for himself but, fully crucified, for Christ.

8To him Christ was substance, impulse, sense, light, and life;g he was imprinted by fire in his memory, intellect, and passion; he was united and secretly conformed to the cross deep within his marrow. And all that he was, all that he desired, thought, spoke, and did, he received from Christ, and he vigilantly, humbly, and blessedly arranged and perseveringly fulfilled all according to Him and on account of Him.




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 380