In these last days
the grace of God our Savior has appeared
in his servant Francis
to all who are truly humble and lovers of holy poverty.
they can venerate God’s superabundant mercy
and be taught by his example
to utterly reject ungodliness and worldly passions,
to live in conformity with Christ
and to thirst after blessed hope with unflagging
He was poor and lowly,
but the Most High God looked upon him
with such condescension and kindness
that he not only lifted him up in his need
from the dust of a worldly life,
but made him a practitioner, a leader and a herald
of Gospel perfection
and set him up as a light for believers
so that by bearing witness to the light
he might prepare for the Lord
a way of light and peace into the hearts of his faithful.
From The Life of St. Francis, by Bonaventure (tr. Donna Tartt).