The Deeds of Blessed Francis & His Companions (1328-1337) - 452 

Brother Francis, you miserable little man, you know that God will not show you mercy!" Brother Leo replied: "Yes, Father, God will show you mercy; in fact, you will receive great glory from God your Savior, and he will exalt and glorify you for all eternity, because every- one who humbles himself shall be exalted. I am not able to speak differently because God is speaking through my mouth." In this contest of humility they remained awake until dawn in tears of compassion and in divine consolation.

To the praise of our Lord Jesus Christ.


1 Francis, that most faithful servant and friend of Jesus Christ, through himself and others honored his Creator and Savior with all his strength. Therefore, our most gracious and kind Savior Jesus in turn honored him, for whoever glorifies me, I will glorify him, Mt 10:32 says the Lord. For that reason wherever Saint Francis went, he was held in such veneration by people that it was as if the whole world ran together towards such an amazing man. Whenever he approached a place, a town or a village, a person considered himself fortunate if he would touch or see him.

4 At one time before he received the stigmata of our Savior, it happened that he left the Valley of Spoleto and went to Romagna. When on his journey he came to the town of Montefeltro,a a celebration for a new knighting was being held there with great solemnity.b When our holy Father learned about this from the inhabitants, he said to Brother Leo, his companion: "Let us go to these people, because with the help of God we will make some progress among them." In the celebration there were many noblemen gathered from various regions. Among them was a lord named Orlando from Tuscany. He was very rich and noble, and because of the wonderful things he had heard about Saint Francis, he conceived a great devotion for him and wished to see and listen to him.




Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 3, p. 452