TESTAMENT OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
This is how
God called me. He plunged me with lepers that ordinarily nauseated me. I
took pity on them and their company became my spiritual and physical
consolation. After this, nothing in the world attracted me.
enjoying praying in churches; and placed great trust in holy priests. But I
will always revere all priests, being blind to their defects since they
alone can administer the Body and Blood of Christ.
I want the
Holy Eucharist honored and reserved in richly ornamented places. Revere also
the Word of God and those who explain it to us.
joined me, God showed me His way of life: we must give everything to the
poor, be satisfied with one habit which is patched inside and outside. Have
a chord and a trouser and refuse to have anything else.
clerics must recite the Office but the lay friars, the Our Fathers. We must
be content to take shelter in abandoned churches.
We make no
claim to learning; and are submissive to everyone. We must work with our
hands: those who do no know must learn to avoid idleness.
We must not
accept churches or buildings unless they are in harmony with poverty; and
must occupy them as strangers and pilgrims.
any friar from writing the Roman Curia. If you have problems just go
somewhere else and, with God's blessing, repent quietly.
that this is another rule. This rule is my reminder, exhortation and
testament to you that you may observe a more Catholic way of life as
we have promised to God. Everyone is bound neither to add or subtract from
You are all
forbidden to interpret the rule differently. I wrote this rule plainly and
simply; understand them plainly and simply.
And may all
who observe this rule be filled with heavenly blessings; from the Father,
the Son and Holy Spirit and all the powers of heaven and all the saints. And
I humbly add my own. Amen.