The Admonitions - 136 

[XXIII: Humility]

1Blessed is the servant who has been found as humble among his subjects as he was among his masters.

2Blessed is the servant who always remains under the rod of correction.

3Faithful and prudent is the servant Mt 24:45 who does not delay in punishing himself for all his offenses, inwardly through contrition and outwardly through confession and penance for what he did.

[XXIV: True Love]

1Blessed is the servant who loves his brother as much when he is sick and cannot repay him as when he is well and can repay him.

[XXV: The Same Point]

1Blessed is the servant who loves and respects his brother as much when he is far away from him as when he is with him, and who would not say anything behind his back that he would not say with charity in his presence.

[XXVI: Let Servants of God Honor the Clergy]

1Blessed is the servant who has faith in the clergy who live uprightly according to the rite of the Roman Church.

2Woe to those who look down upon them; for even though they be sinners, no one should judge them because the Lord alone reserves judgment on them to Himself. 3For just as their ministry is greater in its concerns for the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which they receive and they alone administer to others, 4so those who sin against them commit more of a sin than [if they had sinned] against all other persons in this world.

[XXVII: Virtue Puts Vice to Flight]

1Where there is charity and wisdom,
there is neither fear nor ignorance.

2Where there is patience and humility,
there is neither anger nor disturbance.




Admonitiones, Fontes Franciscani, p. 34-36

[Caput XXIII - De humilitate]

1Beatus servus, qui ita inventus est humilis inter subditos suos, sicuti quando esset inter dominos suos.

2Beatus servus, qui semper permanet sub virga correctionis.

3Fidelis et prudens servus est, qui in omnibus suis offensis non tardat interius punire per contritionem et exterius per confessionem et operis satisfactionem.

[Caput XXIV - De vera dilectione]

1Beatus servus, qui tantum diligeret fratrem suum, quando est infirmus, quod non potest ei satisfacere, quantum quando est sanus, qui potest ei satisfacere.

[Caput XXV - Item de eodem]

1Beatus servus, qui tantum diligeret et timeret fratrem suum, cum esset longe ab ipso, sicuti quando esset cum eo, et non diceret aliquid post ipsum, quod cum caritate non posset dicere coram ipso.

[Caput XXVI - Ut servi Dei honorent clericos]

1Beatus servus, qui portat fidem in clericis, qui vivunt recte secundum formam Ecelesiae Romanae.

2Et vae illis qui ipsos despiciunt; licet enim sint peccatores, tamen nullus debet eos iudicare, quia ipse solus Dominus reservat sibi ipsos ad iudicandum. 3Nam quantum est maior administratio eorum, quam habent de sanctissimo corpore et sanguine Domini nostri Jesu Christi, quod ipsi reci- piunt et ipsi soli aliis ministrant, 4tantum plus peccatum habent, qui peccant in ipsis, quam in omnibus aliis hominibus istius mundi.

[Caput XXVII - De virtute effugante vitia]

1Ubi caritas est et sapientia,
ibi nec timor nec ignorantia.

2Ubi est patientia et humilitas,
ibi nec ira nec perturbatio.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 136