The Little Flowers of Saint Francis

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Aldine House, 1900 - Fioretti di San Francesco - 320 pages
 

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Page 5 - And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.
Page 68 - I set free." And this said, straightway he disappeared, and that brother revealed the vision unto no man. Then the said brother fell sick ; and at once surmising that God had struck him, because he had not revealed the virtue and the glory of Brother Giles, he sent for the Brothers Minor, and there came to him five couples ; and when he had called the Preaching Brothers also, with great devotion he set forth unto them the vision aforesaid ; and having diligently enquired, they found that they twain...
Page 50 - Him for the element of the air which He hath appointed for you; beyond all this, ye sow not, neither do you reap; and God feedeth you, and giveth you the streams and fountains for your drink; the mountains and the valleys for your refuge and the high trees whereon to make your nests; and because ye know not how to spin or sew, God clotheth you, you and your children ; wherefore your Creator loveth you much, seeing that He hath bestowed on you so many benefits; and, therefore, my little sisters, beware...
Page 138 - Peaceful, the which were men of exceeding great sanctity and perfection ; and the one, to wit, Brother Humble, abode in the House of Soffiano, and there died ; and the other belonged to another community at some distance therefrom. Now it pleased God that as Brother Peaceful was at prayer one day in a lonely place, he was rapt in ecstasy, and saw the soul of his brother, Brother Humble, that had just then left the body, going straight up into heaven without either let or hindrance. It befell that,...
Page 191 - Seraph drew nigh unto St Francis so that he could discern him, he clearly saw that he bore in him the image of a man crucified ; and his wings were in such guise displayed that two wings were spread above his head, and two were spread out to fly, and other two covered all his body.
Page 191 - ... us sinners agony so great." And remaining a long time thus praying, he knew that God would hear him ; and that, so far as might be possible to a mere creature, thus far would it be vouchsafed to him to suffer the aforesaid things. St. Francis, having this promise, began to contemplate most devoutly the Passion of Christ and His infinite love; and the fervour of devotion waxed so within him that through love and through compassion he was wholly changed into Jesus. And being thus inflamed by this...
Page 90 - Francis was grievously sick, yet when he heard that Brother Rinieri was coming, he got up and went to meet him, and embraced him very sweetly, and said: "My little son, most dear to me, Brother Rinieri, among all the ' brothers that are in the world, I love thee, I love thee with especial love." And this said, he made the sign of the most holy cross upon his brow, and kissed him thereon ; and bespake him again : " My little son, most dear, God hath suffered this temptation to assail thee for thy...
Page 27 - But Christ, His Son, praying for sinners, promised to renew His life and His Passion in a man, to wit, in Francis, the poor little one and a beggar, through whose life and teaching He would bring back many from all over the world to the way of truth, and many also to repentance.
Page 74 - ... folk in a lazar-house, among whom was a leper, so froward, so intolerable, and so insolent, that all believed of a surety he was possessed of the devil; and so in sooth it was, for he reviled so shamefully with words, and belaboured whosoever was tending him, and, what is worse, did foully blaspheme the blessed Christ and His most holy Mother the Virgin Mary, so that in no wise could one be found willing or able to serve him. And albeit the friars strove to bear patiently the injuries and insults...
Page 82 - Like as laziness is the path that leads to hell, even so is holy carefulness the path that leads to heaven. Right careful ought a man to be, to gain and keep the virtues and the grace of God, always working with that grace and virtues faithfully ; for oftentimes doth it happen to the man who works not faithfully, that he loseth the fruit for the leaves, or the grain for the straw. To one man God freely granteth the good fruit with few leaves, and to another He giveth both the fruit and the leaves...

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