The Life of Saint Francis by Thomas of Celano - 299 

129 A certain Nicolò, a citizen of Foligno, was so crippled in his left leg that it caused him extreme pain; as a result he spent so much on doctors in his endeavor to restore his health that he went more deeply into debt than he could ever hope to pay. Finally, when the help of physicians had proven worthless, he was suffering such extreme pain that his neighbors could not sleep at night because of his moaning cries. Then dedicating himself to God and to Saint Francis, he had himself carried to the tomb of the saint. After spending a night in prayer at the saint’s tomb, his crippled leg was cured and, overflowing with joy, he returned home without a cane.

130 A boy had one leg so deformed that his knee was pressed against his chest and his heel against his buttocks. He came to the tomb of the blessed Francis, while his father was mortifying his own flesh with a hair shirt and his mother was performing severe penance for him. Suddenly the boy had his health so fully restored that he could run through the streets, healthy and happy, giving thanks to God Acts 28:15 and Saint Francis.

131 In the city of Fano there was a man who was crippled with his legs doubled-up under him. They were covered with sores that gave off such a foul odor that the hospice staff refused to take him in or keep him. But then he asked the blessed father Francis for mercy and, through his merits, in a short time he rejoiced in being cured.

132 There was also a little girl in Gubbio; her hands and all her limbs were so crippled that for over a year she was totally unable to use them. Carrying a wax image, her nurse brought her to the tomb of the blessed father Francis to seek the favor of a cure.a After she had been there for eight days, on the last day all her limbs were restored to their proper functions so that she was considered well enough to return to her activities.

133 There was a boy from Montenero lying for several days in front of the doors of the church where the body of Saint Francis rested. He could not walk or sit up, since he was completely paralyzed from the waist down. One day he got into the church and touched the tomb of the blessed father Francis. When he came back outside, he was completely cured. Moreover, the young boy himself reported that while he was lying in front of the tomb of the glorious Saint, a young man was there with him clothed in the habit of the friars, on top of the tomb. The young man was carrying some pears in his hands, and he called the boy.

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Vita Prima, Fontes Franciscani, p. 408-410


129 1Nicolaus quidam de Fulgineo civis, cum haberet crus sinistrum contractum, nimio dolore gravatus ad recuperandam pristinam sanitatem tanta expendit in medicis, quod ultra velle ac posse se debitis obligavit.2Tandem cum eorum auxilium in nullo sibi penitus profecisset, dolore permaximo sauciatus, in tantum quod ingeminatis clamoribus vicinos de nocte non permitteret obdormire, vovens se Deo et sancto Francisco, fecit se ad eius tumulum deportari.3Cumque per noctem orans coram sancti tumulo moraretur, extenso crure, magno exhilaratus gaudio, sine baculo ad propria remeavit.

130 1Puer etiam unus crus habens contractum ita quod genu pectori et calcaneum natibus adhaereret, ad sepulcrum beati Francisci accedens, patre ipsius carnem propriam cilicio macerante, ac matre pro ipso se graviter affligente, ita plena et subita convaluit sanitate, quod sanus et laetus, gratias agens Deo et sancto Francisco, posset discurrere per plateas.

131 1In Fanensi civitate quidam contractus erat, cuius tibiae ulceribus plenae natibus adhaerebant, quae tantum exhalabant foetorem, quod hospitalarii nullo modo eum volebant in hospitali recipere nec tenere. 2Qui meritis beatissimi patris Francisci, cuius misericordiam invocavit, se paulo post gavisus est liberatum.

132 1Quaedam puellula Eugubina, cum contractis manibus omnium membrorum officium per annum penitus amisisset, ad obtinendam gratiam sanitatis, nutrix eius cum imagine cerea ipsam ad beatissimi patris Francisci tumulum deportavit.2Cumque ibidem per octo dierum spatium moraretur, die una ita propriis usibus restituta sunt omnia membra eius, quod ad pristina officia idonea solito haberetur.

133 1Alius quoque puer de Montenigro, ante fores ecclesiae ubi requiescit corpus sancti Francisci, per plures dies decubans, quia nec ire poterat nec sedere, a cingulo infra omnibus erat viribus et membrorum officio destitutus.2Quadam vero die intrans ecclesiam, ad tactum sepulcri beatissimi patris Francisci, foras sanus et incolumis est regressus. 3Dicebat autem puerulus ipse, quod dum coram tumulo gloriosi sancti iaceret, astitit ei iuvenis quidam, habitu fratrum indutus, supra sepulcrum exsistens, qui pira in manibus portans vocavit eum,

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 299