Exhortation to St. Clare and Her Sistersby Francis of Assisi
English version by Regis J. Armstrong, OFM CAP & Ignatius C. Brady, OFM
Original Language Italian
Listen, little poor ones called by the Lord,
who have come together from many parts and provinces:
Live always in truth,
that you may die in obedience.
Do not look at the life outside,
for that of the Spirit is better.
I beg you through great love,
to use with discretion
the alms which the Lord gives you.
Those who are weighed down by sickness
and the others who are wearied because of them,
all of you: bear it in peace.
For you will sell this fatigue at a very high price
and each one of you will be crowned queen
in heaven with the Virgin Mary.
|-- from Francis and Clare: The Complete Works: The Classics of Western Spirituality, Translated by Regis J. Armstrong, OFM CAP / Translated by Ignatius C. Brady, OFM|