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Free read The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi 108 D on reaching the Place he found that Friar Bernard was in the wood in prayer all uplifted and joined with God Then St Francis went into the wood and called him Come said he and talk to this blind man and Friar Bernard answered him never a word because being a man of great contemplation his mind was transported and raised to God St Francis had often noted that Friar Bernard had singular grace in speaking with God and for this reason he wished to speak with him After waiting a little he called him a second time and a third time and in the same manner and never once did Friar Bernard hear him and therefore he neither answered him nor went to him so that St Francis departed thence somewhat cast down and marveling and lamenting within himself that Friar Bernard although he had been called three times had not come to him Departing with this thought St Francis after he had gone a little way said to his companion Wait for me here and he went to a solitary place nearby and casting himself upon his knees beseeched God to reveal to him the reason why Friar Bernard had not answered him and while he yet prayed there came to him a voice from God which spoke thus poor little man why are you disuieted Should a man leave God for a creature Friar Bernard when you called him was joined unto Me and therefore he could not come to you nor could he answer you Marvel not then if he could not answer you because he was beside himself and heard nothing of your wordsSt Francis having received this answer from God immediately and with great haste returned toward Friar Bernard to accuse himself humbly of the thought which he had had concerning him And when Friar Bernard saw him coming toward him he went to meet him and cast himself down at his feet Then did St Francis lift him up and with great humility he told him of the thought and tribulation which he had had concerning him and of the answer which God had given him touching the same Then he made an end of speaking after this manner I command you in the name of holy obedience to do that which I bid you Now Friar Bernard fearing lest St Francis should command something excessive as he was wont to do sought a way to escape from that obedience honestly and so made this answer I am ready to do your obedience if you promise me to do that which I shall command you And when St Francis had promised him Friar Bernard said Now father tell me what you wish me to do Then said St Francis I command you in the name of holy obedience that to punish my presumption and the arrogance of my heart when now I shall cast myself down on my back on the earth you shall set one foot on my throat and the other on my mouth and so pass over me three times from one side to the other crying shame and infamy upon me and especially say to me Lie there you churl son of Peter Bernardone whence have you so much pride you who are a most abject creature Hearing this Friar Bernard although it was exceedingly hard for him to do so for the sake of holy obedience did what St Francis commanded as courteously as he could When he had finished St Francis said Now command me that which you would have me do unto you for I have promised you obedience Friar Bernard said I command you in the name of holy obedience that every time that we are together you shall rebuke me and correct me harshly for my faults At this St Francis marveled much because Friar Bernard was of such great sanctity that he held him in exceeding reverence and did not deem him blameworthy in anything And so from then on St Francis was careful to avoid being much with him by reason of the said obedience so that he might speak no word of correction to one whom he knew to be of such great sanctity However when he desired to see him or to hear him speak of God he went to him as uickly as possible And it was an exceedingly edifying thing to see with what love and reverence and humility St Francis the father conversed and spoke with Friar Bernard his firstborn son To the praise and glory of Jesus Christ and of the mendicant Francis AmenWith a new Preface by the noted writer Madeleine L Engle author of nearly fifty books of fiction and non fiction including A Wrinkle in Time St Francis of Assisi s ecstatic embrace of a life of poverty revolutionized Christianity even as it transformed the ethics of the West In this luminous and lively book St Francis s followers preserved his legend and those of his first disciples combining stories of miracles with convincing portraits of men who were no less human for having been touched by GodGod is our home but many of us have strayed from our native landThe venerable authors of these Spiritual Classics are expert guides may we follow their directions home Archbishop Desmond Tu

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Free read The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi 108 THE LITTLE FLOWERS OF ST FRANCIS OF ASSISIIn the name of our Lord Jesus Christ the Crucified and of His Mother the Virgin Mary In this book are contained certain Little Flowers miracles and devout examples of the glorious mendicant of Christ St Francis and of certain of his Holy Companions to the praise of Jesus Christ AmenFirst it is to be considered that the glorious St Francis in all the acts of his life was conformed to Christ the blessed in that as Christ at the beginning of His preaching chose twelve apostles to despise every earthly thing and to follow Him in poverty and in the other virtues so did St Francis at the beginning choose for the foundation of his order twelve companions possessors of most high Poverty And as one of the twelve apostles of Christ being rejected of God finally hanged himself by the neck so likewise one of the twelve companions of St Francis whose name was Friar Giovanni della Cappella became an apostate and finally hanged himself by the neck To the elect this was a great example and cause of humility and of fear considering that no man can be certain that he will persevere unto the end in the grace of GodAnd as those holy apostles were of marvelous sanctity and humility before all the world and full of the Holy Spirit so these most holy companions of St Francis were men of so much sanctity that from the time of the apostles until now the world had never seen such marvelous and holy men One of them was caught into the third heaven like St Paul and this was Friar Giles One of them to wit Friar Filippo Lungo was touched on the lips by an angel with a live coal as was Isaiah the prophet One of them Friar Sylvester spoke with God as one friend speaks with another after the manner that Moses did One by reason of the subtlety of his intellect soared even unto the light of the Divine wisdom as did the eagle to wit John the Evangelist and that was lowly Friar Bernard who with very great understanding expounded the Holy Scriptures One of them Friar Ruffino a gentleman of Assisi was sanctified by God and canonized in heaven while he still lived in the world And in like manner every one of them was granted a singular seal of sanctity as is described in what followsChapter Of Friar Bernard of uintavalle first companion of St FrancisThe first companion of St Francis was Friar Bernard of Assisi who was converted after this manner St Francis being still clothed with lay garments even though he had already renounced the worldlived utterly scorned and mortified for penance in such a manner that by many he was deemed mad and was scoffed at as a madman and driven away with stones and mud by kinsfolk and by strangers Nevertheless he always bore himself patiently as one who is deaf and dumb under every insult and derision Wherefore it came to pass that Bernard of Assisi who was among the most noble and rich and wise of that city began to consider attentively St Francis s very great patience of injuries under such extreme contempt of the world and beholding how after having been thus abhorred and despised by everyone for two years he appeared everconstant he began to think and to say within himself Truly it is impossible that this Francis has not great grace from God And so he invited him to supper in the evening and to lodge in his house and St Francis accepted and supped with him and lodged Then Bernard was minded to contemplate his sanctity and so he had a bed prepared in his own chamber where at night a lamp was always kept burning And St Francis to conceal his sanctity having entered into the chamber forthwith cast himself upon the bed and feigned sleep In like manner Bernard after a little while laid himself down and began to snore loudly as if he were fast asleep Presently believing that Bernard was really asleep St Francis rose from his bed and began to pray lifting up his eyes and hands to heaven and saying with great devotion and fervor My God my God And so saying and weeping continually he remained until morning always repeating My God my God and nothing else And St Francis said this as he contemplated and marveled at the excellence of the Divine Majesty which vouchsafed to give grace to the perishing world and through His mendicant Francis to provide a remedy of salvation for his soul and for the souls of others And so illuminated by the Holy Spirit or else by the spirit of prophecy and foreseeing the great things that God would do through him and through his Order and mindful of his own insufficiency and little worth he called unto God and prayed to Him that of His pity and omnipotence without which human weakness can do nothing He would supply aid and complete whatever St Francis could not do by himselfNow when Bernard had see

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Free read The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi 108 N by the light of the lamp the very devout actions of St Francis and had reverently considered the words which he had spoken he was touched and inspired by the Holy Spirit to change his life And so when day was come he called St Francis and said to him Friar Francis I am altogether disposed in my heart to renounce the world and to follow you in that which you shall command me Hearing this St Francis rejoiced in spirit and said Bernard the work you speak of is so great and difficult that we ought to seek the counsel of our Lord Jesus Christ and to pray Him to vouchsafe to show us His will concerning this work and teach us how we may bring it to good effect And so let us go together to the house of the bishop where there is a good priest and we will cause him to say Mass and afterward we will continue in prayer until terce beseeching God that in the openings of the missal He may show us the way He wills that we should choose To this Bernard answered that he was well content And so they presently departed and went to the bishop s house and after they had heard Mass and had continued in prayer until terce the priest at the reuest of St Francis took the missal and having made the sign of the most holy cross opened it three times in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ At the first opening they found that saying which Christ spoke in the Gospel to the young man who inuired the way of perfection If thou wilt be perfect go and sell that thou hast and give to the poor and follow Me At the second opening they found that saying which Christ spoke to the Apostles when He sent them forth to preach Take nothing for your journey neither staff nor scrip nor shoes nor money intending thereby to teach them that they ought to set all their hope of living upon God and to turn all their thoughts to preaching the Holy Gospel At the third opening of the missal they found that saying which Christ spoke If any man will come after Me let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me Then said St Francis to Bernard Behold the counsel which Christ gives us Go then and do thoroughly what you have heard and blessed be our Lord Jesus Christ who has vouchsafed to show us His evangelic way When he had heard this Bernard departed and sold all that he had and he was very rich And with great rejoicing he gave everything to widows to orphans to prisoners to monasteries to hospitals and to pilgrims and in everything St Francis faithfully and providently aided himNow a certain man whose name was Sylvester when he saw that St Francis gave and caused to be given so much money to the poor was moved by avarice and said You did not pay me in full for those stones which you bought from me to repair the church Now that you have money pay me Then St Francis marveling at his greed and not wishing to contend with him as a true follower of the Holy Gospel put his hands into the bosom of Bernard and having filled them with money put them into the bosom of Sylvester saying that if he wantedhe would give himSylvester being content with that which he had received departed and went to his house In the evening thinking over what he had done during the day and considering the zeal of Bernard and the sanctity of St Francis he repented of his avarice That night and on the two following nights he had a vision from God in which he beheld how from the mouth of St Francis issued a cross of gold the top of which reached to heaven and the arms of which extended from the East all the way to the West By reason of this vision he gave away all that he had for love of God and became a minor friar and he was of such holiness and grace in the Order that he spoke with God even as one friend speaks with another as St Francis many times attested and as shall be described in what follows In like manner Bernard had so much grace from God that he was often carried away in contemplation to God and St Francis said of Bernard that he was worthy of all reverence and that he had founded this Order because he was the first who had left the world keeping back nothing for himself but giving everything to Christ s poor and when he began evangelic poverty offering himself naked in the arms of the Crucified Let this be blessed by us forever and ever AmenChapter How for an evil thought which St Francis had against Friar Bernard he commanded the said Friar Bernard to tread with his feet three times upon Francis s throat and upon his mouthThe most devout servant of the Crucified St Francis by the severity of his penance and by his continual weeping had become almost blind and saw but little On one such occasion among others he left the Place where he was and went to the Place where Friar Bernard was to speak with him of Divine things an

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