The Life of Saint Francis by Thomas of Celano - 199 


to check the prompting of the flesh
and to restrain their tongues.a
Sixth,
they are so adorned with the virtue of patience
in all these things,
that adversity of tribulation,
or injury of vexation
never breaks or changes their spirit.b
Seventh,
and finally,
they have so merited the height of contemplation
that they learn in it everything they should do or avoid,
and they know how to go beyond the mind to God 2 Cor 5:13with joy,
persevering night and day
in praising Him and praying to Him.

For the moment
let this suffice
concerning these virgins dedicated to God
and most devout servants of Christ.
Their wondrous life
and their renowned practices received from the Lord Pope Gregory,c
at that time Bishop of Ostia,
would require another book
and the leisure in which to write it.

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Vita Prima, Fontes Franciscani, p. 295


ut ad cohibendum carnalem motum
et frenandam linguam
vim minime patiantur;
cum et quaedam ipsarum ita sint a collocutionibus dissuetae,
ut cum necessitas exigit eas loqui,
vix verba formare,
prout expedit, recordentur.
2Sexto
quippe in his omnibus
virtute patientiae tam mirabiliter adornantur,
ut nulla tribulationum adversitas
vel molestiarum iniuria
ipsarum frangat animum vel immutet.
3Septimo
denique
contemplationis summam taliter meruerunt,
ut in ea discant omne quod agendum eis seu vitandum sit,
et feliciter noverint mente Deo excedere,
noete ac die divinis
laudibus et orationibus insistentes.

4Dignetur aeternus Deus gratia sua sancta
tam sanctum principium exitu concludere sanctiore.
5Et haec ad praesens
de virginibus Deo dicatis
et devotissimis ancillis Christi dicta
sufficiant,
cum ipsarum vita mirifica
et institutio gloriosa, quam a domino papa Gregorio,
tune temporis Ostiensi episcopo, susceperunt,
proprium opus requirat
et otium.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 199

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