The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi

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Chatto & Windus, 1908 - 318 pages

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Page 49 - Francis spake these words to them, those birds began all of them to open their beaks, and stretch their necks, and spread their wings, and reverently bend their heads down to the ground, and by their acts and by their songs to show that the holy Father gave them joy exceeding great.
Page 248 - Ancona for many days ; and for that he was wont to live by the labour of his hands, he made baskets of rushes and sold them, not for money, but for bread for himself and his companion, and for the self-same wage he carried the dead for the burying.
Page 24 - And when St. Francis had gone farther, he called unto him the second time: "O Friar Leo, although the minor friar should give sight to the blind, make straight the crooked, cast out devils, make the deaf to hear, the lame to walk, and the dumb to speak, and, what is a greater thing, should raise those who have been dead four days; write that therein is not perfect joy.
Page 45 - Francis, when he had heard this answer and known thereby the will of Jesu Christ, rose up with fervour exceeding great, and said : " Let us be going in the name of God " ; and he took for his companions Brother Masseo and Brother Agnolo, holy men. And setting forth with fervent zeal of spirit, taking no thought for road or way, they came unto a little town that was called Savurniano, and Saint Francis set himself to preach, but...
Page 46 - Ye shall wait for me here upon the way and I will go to preach unto my little sisters, the birds.' And he went into the field and began to preach unto the birds that were on the ground; and immediately those that were on the trees flew down to him, and they all of them remained still and quiet together until St.
Page 49 - He hath appointed for you; beyond all this, ye sow not, neither do ye 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 He hath bestowed on you so many benefits; and therefore, my little sisters, beware of the sin of ingratitude, and study always...
Page 68 - Christ, who willed for our sakes to be accounted a leper, it befell on a time that in a certain House, hard by to that wherein Saint Francis then abode, the brothers were serving the lepers and the sick in an hospital, wherein was a leper so impatient, and so unbearable, and so perverse, that all men deemed — and even so it was — that of a surety he was possessed of the devil ; for so shamefully did he assail with vile words and blows whoso did him service, and, what is still worse, he blasphemed...
Page 236 - Brother Juniper, we are all going out, and therefore see to it that when we return, you have cooked a little food for the refreshment of the brothers." Replied Brother Juniper : " Right willingly, leave that to me." All the brothers having gone out, as hath been said, quoth Brother Juniper : " What unprofitable trouble is this, that one brother should be lost in the kitchen, and kept away from all prayer ? Of a surety, now that I am left behind this time to cook, I will make ready so much that all...
Page 42 - Mary of the Angels, and all the House, and the wood that was just hard by the house, were burning brightly, and it seemed as it were a great fire that filled the church and the House and the whole wood together: for the which cause the folk of Assisi ran thither in great haste to quench the flames, believing of a truth that the whole place was all on fire.
Page 270 - 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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