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PITHY QUOTE FROM Francis of Assisi: Early Documents

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And if, driven by hunger and cold and night, we knock even more and call out and beg for the love of God with loud crying that he open the door for us and let us at least come inside, and he becomes angrier and says, ‘These are aggravating vagrants, I’ll pay them well for what they’re worth,’ and comes outside with a knobby stick and grabs us by the capuche and throws us on the ground and rolls us in the snow and beats us from head to toe with that stick; if we endure these things patiently and with happiness, thinking of the sufferings of the blessed Christ, which we must endure for His love, O Brother Leo, write that here and in this is perfect joy.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents. Volume 3, The Little Flowers of Saint Francis, "How Saint Francis, Walking Along the Road with Brother Leo, Explained to Him Those Things That Are Perfect Joy"

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents. Electronic Edition.

ISBN: 978-1-57085-519-1

Language: English translation & Latin

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St. Francis of Assisi. Fresco by the Maestro di Frate Francesco, in the Capella di San Gregorio at the Monastero di San Benedetto. The only existing image that was completed during his life, probably before 1224

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From New City Press and Porziuncola, Francis of Assisi: Early Documents contains English translations and the corresponding authoritative Latin of the earliest documents describing Francis of Assisi and founding of his order.


Francis of Assisi: Early Documents. Edited by Regis J. Armstrong, O.F.M., J. A. Wayne Hellmann, O.F.M., and William J. Short, O.F.M. 3 vols. Hyde Park, N.Y.: New City Press, 1999-2001.

_____. Fontes Franciscani. A cura di Enrico Menestò e Stefano Brufani, e di Giuseppe Cremascoli ... [et al.]; apparati di Giovanni M. Boccali. Assisi: Porziuncola, 1995.



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