The Life of Saint Francis by Thomas of Celano - 198 

First of all,
the virtue of mutual and continual charity
that binds their wills together
flourishes among them.
Forty or fifty of them can dwell together in one place,
wanting and not wanting the same things
forming one spirit in them out of many.a
the gem of humility,
preserving the good things bestowed by heaven
so sparkles in each one
that they merit other virtues as well.b
the lily of virginity and chastity
diffuses such a wondrous fragrance among them
that they forget earthly thoughts
and desire to meditate only on heavenly things.
So great a love of their eternal Spouse arises in their hearts
that the integrity of their holy feelings keeps them
from every habit of their former life.
all of them have become so distinguished
by their title of highest poverty
that their food and clothing
rarely or never
manage to satisfy extreme necessity.c
20 Fifth,
they have so attained the unique grace
of abstinence and silence
that they scarcely need to exert any effort




Vita Prima, Fontes Franciscani, p. 294-295

namque ante omnia in eis viget
virtus mutuae ac continuae charitatis,
quae ita ipsarum in unum copulat voluntates,
ut cum quadraginta vel quinquaginta pariter alicubi commorentur,
idem velle ac idem nolle
unum in eis spiritum faciat de diversis.
in unaquaque rutilat
humilitatis gemma,
quae collata dona et bona de caelis habita sic conservat,
ut virtutes caeteras mereantur.
virginitatis et castitatis lilium
sic respergit odore mirabili universas,
ut terrenarum cogitationum oblitae,
sola desiderent caelestia meditari,
et tantus ex ipsius fragrantia in ipsarum cordibus aeterni Sponsi amor exoritur,
ut integritas sacrae affectionis
omnem ab eis consuetudinem vitae prioris excludat.
sic omnes altissimae paupertatis
sunt titulo insignitae,
ut extremae necessitati
victus et vestitus
vix vel numquam satisfacere acquiescant.
vero sic abstinentiae ac taciturnitatis
adeptae sunt gratiam singularem,
ut ad cohibendum carnalem motum
et frenandam linguam
vim minime patiantur;

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 198

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