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who were very harsh towards them, betook themselves to the Archbishop [Engelbert] to protest their presence, lodging various complaints against them. But he responded: “So long as things are going well, leave them alone.” But the priors and pastors insisted, saying: “We are afraid that they are the ones that the Holy Spirit prophesied through the mouth of Saint Hildegard that would be a cause of grief for the clergy and danger for the city.”a But he responded with this remark, which is worth remembering: “Well, if it was divinely prophesied, then it has to be fulfilled.” And with that they were reduced to silence.

Richard of San Germano (1228)

Richard of San Germano (+1243) was notary of the court of the Kingdom of Sicily; his chronicle contains the following entry under the year 1228. His ruler, the Emperor Frederick II, was opposed to the policies of Gregory IX and this may account for the slightly negative connotation here.b

In the month of July Pope Gregory traveled from Perugia to Assisi where he canonized Brother Francis, the innovator of the Order of Lesser Brothers, because of the two miracles which he had openly performed, one on a blind man and the other on a lame man, to whom he had given sight and the ability to walk.

Luke of Túy (1231-34)

Luke (+ 1249), a native of León, was a canon of the collegiate church of Saint Isidore in that city; he is best known to history for a great “world chronicle,” which he began around 1236. Its fourth book is one of the major sources for Spanish history of the period. He was named bishop of Túy in the kingdom of León and Castile in 1239.c

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Testimonia minora, Testimonia minora, p. 16


et graves eis essent quidam ex clero eisque coram archiepiscopo Engelberto diversa obicerent illos accusando, respondit: «Quam diu res in bono statu est, stare sinite.» Cumque instarent tam priores quam plebani et dicerent: «Timemus ne isti sint illi de quibus Spiritus sanctus per os beate Hildegardis prophetavit, per quos clerus affigetur et civitas periclitatibur», verbum notabile respondit: «Si divinitus prophetatum est, necesse est ut impleatur.» Quo verbo compescuit omnes.

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Gregorius papa mense iulii de Perusio vadit Asisium, ubi fratrem Frànciscum, Minorum Fratrum ordinis inventorem, propter duo quae fecerat miracula in aperto, in caeco videlicet uno et claudo, quibus visum et gressum reddiderat, canonizavit.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 595