The Earlier Rule - 64 

teaching and footprints of our Lord Jesus Christ, 2Who says: If you wish to be perfect, go, sell everything you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; Mt 19:21 Lk 18:22 and come, follow me. Mt 19:21 3And: If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Mt 16:24 4Again: If anyone wishes to come to me and does not hate father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Lk 14:26 5And: Everyone who has left father or mother, brother or sisters, wife or children, houses or lands because of me, will receive a hundredfold and will possess eternal life. Mt 19:29 Mk 10:29 Lk 18:30

[Chapter II: The Reception and the Clothing of the Brothers]a

1If anyone, wishing by divine inspiration to accept this life, comes to our brothers, let him be received by them with kindness.b 2If he is determined to accept our life, let the brothers be very careful not to become involved in his temporal affairs but present him to their minister as quickly as possible. 3On his part, let the minister receive him with kindness, encourage him and diligently explain the tenor of our life to him.

4When this has been done, let the above-mentioned person—if he wishes and is capable of doing so spiritually without any difficulty— sell all his belongings and be conscientious in giving everything to the poor. Mt 19:21 Lk 18:22 5Let the brothers and the minister of the brothers be careful not to interfere in any way in his temporal affairs, 6nor to accept money either by themselves or through an intermediary.c 7Nevertheless, if the brothers are in need, they can accept, like other poor people, whatever is needed for the body excepting money.

8When he has returned, the minister may give him the clothes of probation for a year, that is, two tunics without a hood, a cord, trousers, and a small cape reaching to the cord.

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Regula non bullata, Fontes Franciscani, p. 185-186


1Regula et vita istorum fratrum haec est, scilicet vivere in obedientia, in castitate et sine proprio, et Domini nostri Jesu Christi doctrinam et vestigia sequi, 2qui dicit: Si vis perfectus esse, vade et vende omnia quae habes, et da pauperibus et habebis thesaurum in caelo; et veni, sequere me. 3Et: Si quis vult post me venire, abneget semetipsum et tollat crucem suam et sequatur me. 4Item: Si quis vult venire ad me et non odit patrem et matrem et uxorem et filios et fratres et sorores, adhuc autem et animam suam, non potest meus esse discipulus. 5Et: Omnis, qui reliquerit patrem aut matrem, fratres aut sorores, uxorem aut filios, domos aut agros propter me, centuplum accipiet et vitam aeternam possidebit.

[Caput II - De receptione et vestimentis fratrum]

1Si quis divina inspiratione volens accipere hanc vitam venerit ad nostros fratres, benigne recipiatur ab eis . 2Quodsi fuerit firmus accipere vitam nostram, multum caveant sibi fratres, ne de suis temporalibus negotiis se intromittant, sed ad suum ministrum, quam citius possunt, eum repraesentent . 3Minister vero benigne ipsum recipiat et confortet et vitae nostrae tenorem sibi diligenter exponat.

4Quo facto, praedictus, si vult et potest spiritualiter sine impedimento, omnia sua vendat et ea omnia pauperibus studeat erogare . 5Caveant sibi fratres et minister fratrum, quod de negotiis suis nullo modo intromittant se 6neque recipiant aliquam pecuniam neque per se neque per interpositam personam. 7Si tamen indigent, alia necessaria corporis praeter pecuniam recipere possunt fratres causa necessitatis sicut alii pauperes.

8Et cum reversus fuerit, minister concedat ei pannos probationis usque ad annum, scilicet duas tunicas sine caputio et cingulum et braccas et caparonem usque ad cingulum.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 64

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