The Life of Saint Francis by Julian of Speyer - 387 

wished to rest or pray, and that each brother might know the place assigned to him.

One day a man came to the place with an ass, maybe looking for shade, and wanting to enter freely and without rebuff said to the ass: “Get in there. We’ll do this place a favor yet.” But the man of God liked neither the words nor intentions of this fellow who believed that the brothers had come together there to build houses and enlarge or appropriate the little spot for themselves. So the saint soon left the little house and moved to the place called the Portiuncula, where he had rebuilt a church of the Glorious Virgin.




Iuliani de Spira Officium Sancti Francisci, Fontes Franciscani, p.

ne quis alterum quiescere vel orare volentem inquietare vel modicum posset, sed locum sibi deputatum unusquisque cognosceret.

5Quadam vero die vir quidam cum asino venit ad locum; et ad umbram fortasse quaerendam volens introire tugurium, ut sine repulsa liberius intraret sic allocutus est asinum: « Ingredere, quia loco huic benefaciemus adhuc ». 6Sed homo Dei verbum viri et intentionem graviter ferens (qui videlicet eos illie pro domibus aedificandis et dilatando vel appropriando sibi locello credidit adunatos), domicilium mox reliquit, 7et ad locum, qui Portiuncula dicitur, ubi gloriosae Virginis ecclesiam reaedificaverat, transmigravit.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 387