LITTLE FLOWERS OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI, Chapter 42

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OF SEVERAL WONDERFUL MIRACLES WHICH THE LORD PERFORMED THROUGH THE MEANS OF BROTHER PETER OF MONTICELLO, AND BROTHER CONRAD OF OFFIDA. HOW BROTHER BENTIVOGLIO CARRIED A LEPER FIFTEEN MILES IN A VERY SHORT TIME, HOW ST MICHAEL SPOKE TO ANOTHER BROTHER, AND HOW THE VIRGIN MARYAPPEARED TO BROTHER CONRAD AND PLACED HER DIVINE SON IN HIS ARMS

We have a ooncatenation of miracle stories here to illustrate the influence members of the brotherhood had on each other. In the gospels, there is the story of a woman being healed by touching the hem of Jesus' garment, that story being told as an aside between His being asked to heal a sick child, and arriving at the child's home, finding her dead, and bringing her back to life. Concatenation, or tying the stories together in chains, helps us see that these are not isolated events but that such things were always happening.

Briefly, there was Brother Lucido of Antico, who was a fruitful preacher; Brother Bentivoglio of Severino, whose levitation impressed Brother Masseo to become a monk and then work many miracles; Brother Bentivoglio then carried a leper fifteen miles in a single day; Brother Peter of Monticello, another levitation, and a conversation he had with St. Michael was overheard by Brother Conrad of Offida, whom Brother Peter then saw visited by the Virgin Mary, who presented her infant Son to him. These last two, Brothers Peter and Conrad, became great friends. And finally, Brother Conrad delivered a woman from demon posession by praying for her a whole night.

One point of interest in these stories is that Brothers Peter and Conrad were able to see each others' visions, at leasta on these occasions.




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