The Life of Saint Francis by Thomas of Celano - 192 

tioned and that the commotion among the townspeople swirled around him, he immediately arose, not to free him, but rather to destroy him. With no restraint, he pounced on Francis like a wolf on a lamb and, glaring at him fiercely and savagely, he grabbed him and shamelessly dragged him home. With no pity, he shut him up for several days in a dark place.a Striving to bend Francis's will to his own, he badgered him, beat him, and bound him.

As a result of this Francis became more fit and eager to carry out his holy plan. Neither the reproach of words nor the exhaustion of chains eroded his patience.

Those taught to rejoice in suffering
will not deviate from an upright intention and way of life
nor be stolen from Christ's flock
because of beatings and chains.
Nor will they fear in the flood of many waters Ps 32:6 [Vulgate, Ps 31:6]
whose refuge from oppression is the Son of God,
who always shows them his sufferings,
greater than those they endure.

Chapter VI

13 When his father had left home for a little while on pressing family business, the man of God remained bound in the prison of his home.b His mother, who had remained at home alone with him, did not approve of her husband's action and spoke to her son in gentle words. After she saw that she could not dissuade her son from his intention, she was moved by maternal instinct. 1 Kgs 3:26 She broke his chains and let him go free. Thanking Almighty God, he quickly returned to the place he had




Vita Prima, Fontes Franciscani, p. 288-289

et in eo tale negotium a concivibus intorqueri, continuo surgit, non ad liberandum eum, sed potius ad perdendum; 3nullaque moderatione servata, tamquam lupus ad ovem advolat et torvo ac truci vultu illum respiciens, iniecta manu, inverecunde ac inhoneste satis ad propriam domum pertraxit eum. 4Sicque omni miseratione subtracta, per plures dies eum in tenebroso loco reclusit, et putans animum eius flectere ad sui consensum, primo verbis deinde verberibus et vinculis agit. —5Ipse vero ex hoc ad exsequendum propositum sanctum promptior et validior reddebatur, et nec exprobratus verbis, nec vinculis fatigatus, patientiam dereliquit.

6Non enim per flagella et vincula
potest a mentis recta intentione declinare ac statu,
nec a Christi grege abduci,
cui praecipitur in tribulatione gaudere;
7nec trepidat in diluvio aquarum multarum,
cui est refugium a pressura Filius Dei,
qui, ne nostra nobis aspera videantur,
semper sua ostendit esse maiora quae pertulit.

Caput VI — Qualiter mater eius solvit eum, et quomodo coram Episcopo Assisii se denudavit.

13 1Factum est autem cum pater eius, familiari causa urgente, aliquantulum a propria discessisset, et vir Dei vinctus in domus ergastulo permaneret, mater eius quae sola domi cum eo remanserat, factum viri sui non probans, blandis sermonibus filium allocuta est.2Cumque videret quod eum a suo proposito revocare non posset, commota sunt materna viscera super a eum, et confractis vinculis, liberum eum abire permisit. 3At ipse gratias omnipotenti Deo referens, ad locum in quo fuerat prius, concitus est reversus.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 192