The Admonitions - 129 

This is my Body and the Blood of my new covenant [which will be shed for many]; Mk 14:22 11and Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life. Mk 14:24 12It is the Spirit of the Lord, Jn 6:55 therefore, That lives in Its faithful, That receives the Body and Blood of the Lord. 13All others who do not share in this same Spirit and presume to receive Him eat and drink judgment on themselves. 1 Cor 11:29

14Therefore: children, how long will you be hard of heart? Ps 4:3 15Why do you not know the truth and believe in the Son of God? Jn 9:35 16Behold, each day He humbles Himself as when He came from the royal throne Phil 2:8 into the Virgin’s womb; Wis 18:15 17each day He Himself comes to us, appearing humbly; 18each day He comes down from the bosom of the Father Jn 1:18 upon the altar in the hands of a priest.a

19As He revealed Himself to the holy apostles in true flesh, so He reveals Himself to us now in sacred bread. 20And as they saw only His flesh by an insight of their flesh, yet believed that He was God as they contemplated Him with their spiritual eyes, 21let us, as we see bread and wine with our bodily eyes, see and firmly believe that they are His most holy Body and Blood living and true. 22And in this way the Lord is always with His faithful, as He Himself says: Behold I am with you until the end of the age.

[II. The Evil of Self-Will]b

1The Lord said to Adam: Eat of every tree; you may not eat, however, of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Gn 2:16 Gn 2:17

2He was able to eat of every tree of paradise, because he did not sin as long as he did not go against obedience. 3For that person eats of the tree of the knowledge of good who makes his will his own and, in this way, exalts himself over the good things the Lord says and does in him. 4And so, through the suggestion of the devil and the transgression of the command, it became the apple of the knowledge of evil. 5Therefore it is fitting that he suffer the punishment.




Admonitiones, Fontes Franciscani, p. 26-27

10ipso altissimo attestante, qui ait: Hoc est corpus meum et sanguis mei novi testamenti [qui pro multis effundetur]; 11et: Qui manducat carnem meam et bibit sanguinem meum, habet vitam aeternam. 12Unde spiritus Domini, qui habitat in fidelibus suis, ille est qui recipit sanctissimum corpus et sanguinem Domini. 13Omnes alii, qui non habent de eodem spiritu et praesumunt recipere eum, iudicium sibi manducant et bibunt.

14Unde: Filii hominum, usquequo gravi corde? 15Ut quid non cognoscitis veritatem et creditis in Filium Dei? 16Ecce, quotidie humiliat se, sicut quando a regalibus sedibus venit in uterum Virginis; 17quotidie venit ad nos ipse humilis apparens; 18quotidie descendit de sinu Patris super altare in manibus sacerdotis.

19Et sicut sanctis apostolis in vera carne, ita et modo se nobis ostendit in sacro pane. 20Et sicut ipsi intuitu carnis suae tantum eius carnem videbant, sed ipsum Deum esse credebant oculis spiritualibus contemplantes 21sic et nos videntes panem et vinum oculis corporeis videamus et credamus firmiter, eius sanctissimum corpus et sanguinem vivum esse et verum. 22Et tali modo semper est Dominus cum fidelibus suis, sicut ipse dicit: Ecce ego vobiscum sum usque ad consummationem saeculi.

[Caput II - De malo propriae voluntatis]

1Dixit Dominus ad Adam: De omni ligno comede, de ligno autem scientiae boni et mali non comedas.

2De omni ligno paradisi poterat comedere, quia dum non venit contra obedientiam, non peccavit. 3Ille enim comedit de ligno scientiae boni, qui sibi suam voluntatem appropriat et se exaltat de bonis quae Dominus dicit et operatur in ipso; 4et sic per suggestionem diaboli et transgressionem mandati factum est pomum scientiae mali. 5Unde oportet, quod sustineat poenam.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 129