THE following translation has been made from the edition of the Works of St. Francis published at Cologne in the year 1848. As the work is intended to be a practical and devotional one, no critical notes have been introduced, nor references to the authors from whom Wadding made his collection. In these pages there will be found neither deep ...
THE following translation has been made from the edition of the Works of St. Francis published at Cologne in the year 1848. As the work is intended to be a practical and devotional one, no critical notes have been introduced, nor references to the authors from whom Wadding made his collection. In these pages there will be found neither deep learning nor sublime eloquence, but only the expression of the exquisite simplicity, humility, and charity which filled the heart of the Seraphic Patriarch and above all, his ardent love for that Poverty which he looked upon as the queen of virtues, because in the perfect renunciation of self, and detachment from the things of this world, he saw the surest means for the soul to attain to the possession of the Supreme Good and the eternal riches of the heavenly kingdom. And yet under these simple words are concealed treasures of profound wisdom; for although, as St. Bonaventure says, 'St. Francis possessed not the knowledge acquired by study, nevertheless, being illuminated by the rays of the Divine light, he penetrated with marvelous clearness the hidden mysteries of Holy Scripture; for where the learning of the doctor stands without, the affection of the loving soul finds entrance: And being thus illuminated and transformed into the image of his Divine Master, the Saint taught to others, both by word and example, the knowledge and love of Christ .Crucified, which is indeed foolishness to the world, but ever has been, and ever will be to those who believe and love, 'the power of God and the wisdom of God.' Saint Francis Writes: "Oh, how blessed and happy are they who love God, and who act as Our Lord commands in the Gospel: 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and thy neighbour as thyself.' Let us therefore love God, and adore Him with a pure heart and mind, for this is what He seeks above all things when He says: 'The true adorers shall adore God the Father in spirit and in truth.' All who adore Him ought to adore Him in spirit and truth. Farewell in the Lord."
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