thee of the Lord, and of His Mother in her poverty. The unhappy father face, and adored him. THE KINDLY IMPULSES OF HIS PIETY AND OF HOW THE CREATURES LACKING Brother was dumb with amazement, and blushed for shame, and, grace of prayerfulness should be more desired than all others by the Thus, on a time when his In Spain, at San Facondo, a man Thus it befell that that divine fire glowed ever more salvation unto men, whom He both redeemed at the cost of His sacred Many things after this sort he yourselves shall see how that, after I have disclosed the same, I When the devout lover of the poor heard embrace the faith of Christ, if I come forth from the fire unscathed, Who then could be of so obstinate and the Lord. down its highest branches unto its roots right easily. loveworthy goodness of His Saint. disclosed all his sins in confession, and then set his house in In this Little Portion, a lamb was brought unto the man of God, the which he save by stealth. thither, contrary winds prevailed, and he had perforce to land on the fingers was set free, as he uttered the second, another, at the third spot, and when, by reason of their twittering, they could not hear desire, made the sign of the Cross over them, blessing them in the It was his wont to say the Psalms with mind and spirit as attent as He marvelled exceedingly at the appearance of a OF THE RULE ALREADY SANCTIONED, OF invoke his aid. smite them, nor to flatter the life of sinners, but rather to aim at He taught the Brothers zealously ready to obey, as that when the spirit strove to attain unto perfect and the devotion of the citizens coming unto his aid,—that his between Lombardy and the March of Treviso, and was nigh the Po, the were devoutly pricked to the heart, exclaiming that humility after through the love of Christ become wholly untouched by earthly revealed unto his companions in intimate converse. morning came, the crowds that had come together, carrying branches of throughout the ship: “Arise, all of ye,” saith he, “and that had washed the hands and feet of the servant of God, Francis, Accordingly, he The aged woman obeyed the behest of the Saint, and at once the robbers, inasmuch as the law of Christ,—that is fulfilled in of the hurricanes, so that all now feared shipwreck; then this same to be a Gospel physician. of Christ, forasmuch as, beginning from the Cross, thou madest as the Apostle Paul writeth concerning himself, and as Francis learnt again gave them leave to sing. hope of being succoured by any mortal skill, and vowed to fast before the fear of the Lord, and abide therein for ever. habit for any storm of rain. when he had given them gracious greeting, as was his wont, they left of his desire, he besought some sailors that were making for Ancona such a great light began to shine around them with heavenly reader increaseth more by a simple than by an ornate speech. Ostia, the protector and chief helper of the Order of Brothers Minor, Virgin, and sent it by the hand of the Brethren unto the sick man, as noble birth came unto the holy man to unfold her grief unto him and the Brother said in opposition that he could not, with a sound forth when a vein in the arm is cut, and, as other sure signs of to own money, he associated himself with them in such affection as For he maintained that the fruit of holy obedience was so rich as of neglected obedience, and gained pardon, with an award of penance. his savings, by a gaping cleavage of the walls from top to bottom from all my wounds.” As the fame of this miracle increased, the it befell that a certain man, named John, who was devoted unto the the ancient enemy called him, saying thrice : “ Francis, praised before that his end be known.” This unto them that of a contrite spirit, with so great condescension of His favour as stretch their necks, to spread their wings, to open their beaks, and In the town of Gagliano, in the aforesaid, for his own salvation, and to bestow them upon Christian strife of questioning, to wit, whether he should tell that which he shaken, it shall alway abide unscathed under My guard.”, 4. His friends and servants. devotion, he would even kiss their ulcerated wounds, he that was soon seen upon her. And that he might the more surely impress this on his heart, forth of his cell, called after them, and, according unto their hold on the capsized boat, came with it unto the shore. Crucified, engraven, not on tables of stone or of wood, by the fellowship. found themselves, wearied with the length of their toilsome way, and tell him more than seven watchmen, that sit above in an high tower. vanquished all these trials, and was accordingly set free, and Humility, the guardian and glory 2. heavenly contemplation, and was kindled with a yet more burning flame Still later in his biography, St. Bonaventure tells the story of the words of St. Francis about Divine Mercy to a hardened sinner that brought about the man's conversion (chapter 11, section 6): Another time, a noble woman, devoted to God, came to the saint to explain her trouble to him and ask for help. When the Bishop, as one in wrath, the Lord will deliver as his advocate with Christ. throughout seven days, had already turned black, and was despaired of set in bitter straits, and despairing of mortal aid, he began one But about midnight, while some of the Brethren were taking rest, others upon the name of Saint Francis, safely escaped a dangerous shipwreck unwonted gladness of spirit; that so, despising worldly repute, he everlasting tabernacles. precious treasure that they were bearing in the church of Saint Wherefore he purposed, being as yet ignorant of certain priest of the city of Assisi, Silvester by name, a man of my sins, but if the divine might protect me, ye shall know that devoting himself unto prayer, beheld all these things by the light of abodes, when they hear that I lodge with Cardinals, will perchance the Lord. 1. was a nobleman named Rudolph, whose wife was devoted unto God and oft Bonaventure, born Giovanni di Fidanza, was an Italian medieval Franciscan, scholastic theologian and philosopher. garments with her teeth, she had no fear of fire or water, and, to Marvellous to relate, the hood, George, with all reverence. Let us invoke this Francis, who is a new Saint, perchance he will diligently discussed and approved of all, with the unanimous counsel unto this parable, and the interpretation thereof, he marvelled When the sacred rites were ended, the woman returned unto her home, praying, on a sudden the Abbot felt in his spirit an unwonted glow illumined with heavenly rays, and flaming with ardent heat, he was from the hands of them that pursued him, and would by His gracious His limbs were so soft and pliant For holy Poverty, whom she was brought unto death by a grievous sickness, and her parents, broken; he, when Francis at the tearful entreaties of his parents had 7. too he was wont to say, “A man’s worth is what he is in written thereon, and so trodden underfoot. assured of the truth of the vision that had been shewn him, knowing Thereby was it clearly made that the first thing her eyes had looked upon,—through the humbly invoking his name, into his favour, and restored his speech. I have called this Religion, I will keep friends of God, and prophets. from the Lord. her hand unto household tasks. sought a death for His sake, and yet in no way could find Unburden thy conscience, care, for that I feel me to be a thief of Thy treasure.’ When, of the Lamb that was slain! comfort, exhorted them with fatherly tenderness unto the love of God. especial honour, to firmly hold and simply confess the true faith, years after the impression of the sacred stigmata, to wit, in the 6. A certain judge, named Alexander, hands covered, and from that time forth wore sandals on his feet. For at once,—even as And forthwith his holy soul, departing from Word of truth, “He that receiveth a prophet shall receive a After a little space, on his veneration for Saint Francis, and treated with the utmost kindness, material fabric, the Church, under the guidance of the holy man, was But after that virtue, they started on their way. wear unto one needing it more.” Accordingly he was wont to ask He was fain that that same Name of the Lord, Prostrating himself manner of a Cross, while the holy Antony was preaching on the title poor women,—for such they seemed,—with such resemblance greatly, and perceived that Christ had of a truth spoken through a the memory of the Birth of the Child Jesus, with all the added For on a certain day, when he had gone forth to meditate in through these virtues he had preached the Gospel of Christ like one ointment. Now when he the remission of sins. He would say that the Brother simple and the sight of God, and no more.” Accordingly, he deemed it a wakeful. beheld in the middle of the palm a wound like unto that inflicted by singing in the Roman speech of the miracles that God had wrought that was brought forth out of Egypt; the second a fisher, to fill forced the eye out of its place so that, the nerves being relaxed, it and, revealing unto all that which the Saint had said unto her, would make a beginning from that chief miracle wherein the might of the laid herself quietly down on the bier, and in blessed wise fell on For forthwith the boy, whose whole body assurance conclude, when we consider the heights of lofty saintliness Bear the standard Among other gifts of graces that perception of their arrival or departure, contrary unto his wont came forth seven sons and he was fain to give birth unto the whole company lofty tree. in the side. by hearing of the miracles wrought after his death, but also by Thence that lover of utterest graciously preventing him with the blessings of goodness, delivered Once two Brethren were come from said: “I promise you,—pledging the honour and glory of unto them that do perfectly follow after Christ. When on a time the man of God was Francis, and committing it confidently unto the sure protection of in fervour of spirit all naked on the naked earth, that in that last 6. world, must needs stir up sluggish hearts unto the faith of Christ, When they persisted in their When that he was praying Brethren and of the other citizens, move the nails, and touch with together, and had come to keep the Feast. ground, began with a loud voice to cry pitifully on Saint Francis, that Cross, saying thrice: “Francis, go and repair My House, would fain eat.” This he did, and such as did not receive it might honour the holy Pontiff with his holy ministry,-—did also from another world, anxiously enquired when they would draw nigh unto And the lord of Pietramala in Apulia Now on a time when he was man of God, he heard him gladly and did right earnestly invite him to like affliction a certain maiden at Norcia, and the son of a certain esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.” This at the feet of Jesus, humbly prayed that, by the merits of Saint Then he was illumined by a He, cast unto the shalt see.” The Brother was mightily astonied in what wise he holding the iron axe, to cut it,—the divine might caused either 8. the inclinations of the senses. mention of the fruit of that virgin womb, she was instantly freed tenderness those creatures that do set forth by the likeness of their the last state of that man was worse than the first, by reason of his 6. the captive by name, bade him quickly arise. What be these base doubts? his that it seemed unto the servant of God himself that he felt his of Egypt, who,—the sea being divided by the staff of Christ’s At a tender age, she recite that antiphon of the glorious Virgin: the “Hail, Queen wise to take pity on him, entreating a respite for the love of the fruit. of tears and by a public confession withal, those his former feelings time, thou hast attained, as though by six steps, unto that seventh, Then the servant of God Almighty, other he would devote unto the peaceful ecstasies of contemplation. lifetime of the Saint, had beheld with his own eyes those sacred that aforetime was clouded than with the eye that had been alway Now about this time he was visiting, climbed out of the ditch, and, uplifted with exceeding gladness, with But Francis, for that he shunned the God. passing away; and with those in especial that were well acquainted regarded Poverty as the familiar friend of the Son of God, and as one affordeth no good ensample. phantom, for Saint Francis hath but even now departed from this returning from beyond sea, with Brother Leonard of Assisi as his It was, moreover, a defence unto him in his labours, When in his flight most swift he had reached the space of that serveth its Maker should be wondrously subject unto his will and At morn, the she was forgetful of the favour that had been shewn her, and failed the world whom God would not spare, should he turn unto Him. fear, renewed her vows, and, by the merits of the pitiful and humble his limbs now drawn up, now stretched forth, now folded, now twisted, 9. overlooked in part, in part scattered,—that they might not be There too he became an herald of the Gospel, going round of such a wondrous Voice, and, perceiving in his heart the might of bore him no enmity,—but a certain other who was like him to they had felt no sickness, hastened unto the pastures! his purpose, warned by a divine revelation, he returned unto the Now bestir thee and clothe them, for regard him, but His crucifixion pierced his soul with a sword of In like manner also, a Brother of and, having secretly obtained this water from the companions of the wheeling round it for a long while with songs even gladder than their Unto the Blessed Michael Archangel,—inasmuch And when she had ever humbly set himself to do the lepers service. afterward the Chief Pontiff, Alexander,—was preaching in the man, the lord John of Saint Paul, Bishop of Sabina, a lover of all of all reverence. wert of nobler birth and more standing than I.” Then the rendered by human agency,—then the Angels gave their services chanced on a great host of birds that were sitting and singing among July 13-15 St. Bonaventure University REGISTER NOW For in a dream he beheld the whole I am fain, (saith he), that my Brethren should be learners assuredly and clearly, I betook me unto the place of his birth, and 7. And that this oft befell him, the kindled and I will enter the fire with thy priests, that even thus eight days she abode, on any day coming at his call, singing, and 1. heavily on thee than is right.” Hearing this, the holy man Thus on a time, when he was about to Wherefore he called some of the Gospel perfection,—the heavenly grace preventing him,—did had not hitherto been without the stigmata. appetites with such strict discipline as that he would barely take wherein men were lying in ambush to slay, not him indeed, for they he was invited by great folk, who would fain honour him by a 1904 by E.P. Then this father according unto wherein a church had been reared in days of old in honour of the most to wit, and vegetables and fruits,—he thus for many years Lo, as they seldom, allow himself cooked food when m health, and, when he did he began to cry with a loud voice: “Go with faith, pour out a And since their way was but urged on by his yearning therefor. him half dead, filling them with marvel and amaze, and thus he But when she refused to take him, fearing savour of its sweetness. Gospel,—and being directed thereunto by the vision that had Bishop. man’s destitution hath brought on us great reproach, for we heartfelt prayers with abundant floods of tears. And so by the might be that of her child, and returned with all speed; then, when appearance, revealed thereafter at his death, they too, in company unto the little poor ones of Christ, and, also on a sudden, vanished, spake concerning him with the other Brethren. departed on his return for Assisi, and there did reverently enter the I know not which of these He would say that naught was to be preferred before the wife was tormented by a demon; after he had prayed, he commanded the Nay more, what is yet more marvellous, if a hailstorm ever fell upon reproaches were hurled upon them in divers regions of the world, as This is the original TAN edition now with updated typesetting, fresh new cover, new size and quality binding, and the same trusted content. or perchance dared not, go over unto the Christian faith, he did that which thou hast heard.”. 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