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had been taken and he had finished his prayers, he was cured of his leprosy on the spot. He got up, giving glory to God and to blessed Francis, and joyfully started to walk about.

In the city of Fano there was a young man named Buonuomo whom
all the doctors claimed was a paralytic and a leper. He was devoutly offered to blessed Francis by his parents, and he was cured of his leprosy and the paralysis vanished; he recovered his health completely.

Chapter VI
THE MUTE WHO BEGAN TO SPEAK AND THE DEAF WHO BEGAN TO HEAR

147 At Città della Pieve there was a boy who was very poor and a beggar. From birth Jn 9:1 he had been completely mute and deaf. His tongue was so short and stubby that, to those who many times examined it, the tongue seemed to be completely cut out. Late one evening the boy went to the house of a man named Marco, who lived in the same village. Using the signs the mute ordinarily use, the boy begged Marco to take him in; he inclined his head to one side, and put his hands under his cheek to indicate that he wanted to sleep there that night. That man gladly received him into his house, Jude 6:19 and was happy to keep him, for he found the young man to be a great help around the house. The boy had a good disposition, 1 Kgs 11:28 and although he was deaf and mute from infancy, he understood orders by means of signs. One evening that man was dining with his wife, while the boy stood by. The man said to his wife: “I would consider it the greatest miracle if blessed Francis were to give back to this boy his speech and hearing.”

148 He added: “I vow to the Lord 2 Sm 15:7 God that if blessed Francis in his goodness will do this, for the love of him I will always hold this boy dear and support him all the days of his life.” A marvelous promise indeed! When he had finished, the boy immediately spoke up: Gn 8:15 “Long live Saint Francis!” Then, looking up, he said: “I see Saint Francis standing above me here; he came to give me speech.” Then the boy added: “What will I tell the people?” The man answered: “You shall praise God Ps 69:31 [Vulgate, Ps 68:31] and you shall save many people. The man, happy and joyful, got up and told everyone what had happened. All the people came running, for they had seen the boy many times before when he was unable to speak. Filled with wonder Acts 03:10 and amazement, they humbly sang praise to God and to

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Vita Prima, Fontes Franciscani, p. 420-421


8Suscepta itaque mensura papyri et completa oratione, filico a lepra est sanatus, et surgens dans gloriam Deo a et beato Francisco, coepit cum gaudio ambulare.

9In civitate Fani iuvenis quidam, nomine Bonushomo, qui a medicis universis habebatur paralyticus et leprosus, a parentibus suis beato Francisco devote oblatus, mundatus a lepra et effugato morbo paralysis, plenam consecutus est sanitatem.

VI
 De mutis loquentibus et surdis audientibus.

147 1Apud Castrum Plebis puer unus erat pauperrimus et mendicus, qui ex toto mutus et surdus erat a nativitate a sua.2Habebat namque linguam ita brevissimam atque curtam, quod multoties a pluribus exquisita, incisa penitus videretur.3Sero vero quodam accessit ad domum cuiusdam viri eiusdem castri, qui Marcus vocabatur, per signum ut solent muti, ab eo petens hospitium.4Inclinavit enim caput ex latere, maxillae supponens manum, ut per hoc intelligeretur quod nocte illa desiderabat hospitari cum eo .5Vir autem ille hilariter suscepit eum, in domo sua et libenter tenuit eum secum, quia competenter noverat famulari iuvenis ille.6Bonae indolis erat puer, quia licet surdus et mutus esset a cunabulis, per signum tamen quaeque noverat imperata.7Coenante viro praedicto nocte quadam cum uxore sua et adstante puero coram eis, dixit uxori suae: « Hocego maximum miraculum reputarem, si beatus Franciscus huic auditum redderet et loquelam ».

148 1Et adiecit: « Voveo Domino Deo, quod si beatus Franciscus hoc dignabitur operari, propter amorem suum puerum hunc habebo charissimum et expensas ei conferam toto tempore vitae suae ».2Mirum certe! Completo voto, statim puer locutus est dicens: « Vivit sanctus Franciscus! ».3Et subsequenter respiciens sursum ait: « Video sanctum Franciscum hic superius stantem, qui venit ut loquelam impendat mihi ». Et adiecit puer: « Quid ergo iam populo dicam? ».4Respondit homo ille: « Laudabis Deum et salvabis homines multos ».5Surrexit denique homo ille gaudens et exsultans multum et, quod factum fuerat, coram omnibus publicavit.6Concurrunt omnes qui eum prius viderant non loquentem, et admiratione et stupore repleti, laudes Deo et beato Francisco suppliciter retulerunt.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 306