The Life of Saint Francis by Thomas of Celano - 220 

all their senses were so subdued that they scarcely allowed themselves to hear or see anything except what their holy purpose demanded.


Among them there was
no envy, no malice, no rancor,
no mocking, no suspicion, no bitterness.
Instead, there was
great harmony, constant calm,
thanksgiving, and songs of praise. Is 51:3
These are the lessons by which the devoted father
instructed his new sons
not so much in words and speech
but in deed and truth. 1 Jn 3:18

Chapter XVI
CONCERNING THEIR STAY IN RIVO TORTO AND ABOUT SAFEGUARDING POVERTY


42 Blessed Francis gathered with the others in a place called Rivo Torto near the city of Assisi.a In this place there was an abandoned hut. Under its cover lived these despisers of great and beautiful houses, pro- tecting themselves from the torrents of rain. As the saint said, "It is easier to get to heaven from a hut than from a palace."b All his sons and brothers were living in that same place with the blessed Father, with great labor 2 Cor 11:27, and lacking everything. Often they were deprived of the comfort of bread, content with turnips they begged in their need here and there on the plain of Assisi. The place in which they were staying was so narrow that they could barely sit or sleep in it.

Yet there was no complaining about this,
no grumbling;
but with peaceful heart,
the soul filled with joy
preserved the virtue of patience.c

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Vita Prima, Fontes Franciscani, p. 316-317


sensus omnes ita mortificati erant in eis, ut vix audire seu videre, nisi quod eorum intentio exposceret, paterentur: defixis in terra oculis, mente caelo haerebant.

5Nulla invidia, nulla malitia, nullus rancor,
nulla oblocutio, nulla suspicio, nulla amaritudo
in eis locum habebat,
sed concordia multa, quies continua,
gratiarum actio et vox laudis
erat in eis.
6Haec sunt documenta pii patris quibus,
non verbo tantum et lingua,
sed opere et veritate
maxime,
novos filios informabat.

Caput XVI — De mora ipsius apud Rigum Tortum et de custodia paupertatis.

421Recolligebat se beatus Franciscus cum caeteris iuxta civitatem Assisii, in loco qui dicitur Rigus Tortus.2Quo in loco tugurium quoddam relictum erat, sub cuius umbra vivebant magnarum et pulchrarum domuum strenuissimi contemptores, et tuebantur se ibidem a turbinibus pluviarum.3'Nam, ut ait sanctus, citius de tugurio quam de palatio in caelum ascenditur'. 4Conversabantur in eodem loco cum beato patre filii et fratres omnes, in labore multo a et inopia universarum rerum, saepissime omni panis solatio destituti, solis contenti rapis, quas per planitiem Assisii hue atque illuc in angustia mendicabant. 5Locus ille tam angustissimus erat, ut in eo sedere aut quiescere vix valerent.

6 'Nullum pro his murmur resonat,
nulla querimonia,
sed corde placido,
mens plena gaudio
conservat patientiam.'

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 220

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