LITTLE FLOWERS OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI, CHAPTER 1
IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OUR CRUCIFIED SAVIOUR, AND OF MARY HIS
VIRGIN MOTHER. IN THIS BOOK ARE CONTAINED CERTAIN LITTLE FLOWERS - TO
WIT, MIRACLES AND PIOUS EXAMPLES OF THE GLORIOUS SERVANT OF CHRIST ST
FRANCIS, AND OF SOME OF HIS HOLY COMPANIONS; TO THE GLORY AND PRAISE OF
JESUS CHRIST, AMEN.
In this chapter, I am struck with the parallel between these stories and the gospel stories, and this parallel reminds me of the scriptural exhortation to be imitators of Christ. There are also parallels in a complimentary direction in the "types," Old Testament people and events prefiguring New Testament ones. For example, the sacrifice of Isaac as a "type" of the sacrifice of Christ, a father sacrificing his son in both cases.
People have seen in these parallels an indication that the tellings of the latter events were contrived to conform to the former ones. This is no better an indication of the veracity of the events than their "possibility." Judging in the light of our own religious experience isn't profitable, either. It is more profitable to observe how we react to these stories and to seek ways of applying them to our lives. I think that here we are being introduced to Saint Francis and his followers as a group. How would we fit in with such a group?