One day Francis of Assisi, alluding to the chivalrous poems that were being written in his time, exclaimed, “All . . . valiant knights who were mighty in battle . . . gained a memorable victory for themselves [and] died fighting for the Faith of Christ. We see many today who would like to attribute honor and glory to themselves by being content with singing about the exploits of others.”
In one of his Admonitions, Francis explained what he meant: “We ought to be ashamed of ourselves; the saints endured [many things],...
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