E prattlers on his knees; for
none of these things were the portion of Christ. No care he took as to how he should be sheltered by night or wherewith he should be clothed
by day; and

for meat and drink he looked to the hand of God, for these were to be the daily gift of H is giving. So that when he heard the

words of the sacred Gospel read in the little church of St. Mary of the Angels--"Provide neither gold
nor silver nor brass in your purses, nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves"--he
went out and girt his coarse brown dress with a piece of cord, and cast away his shoes and

went barefoot

thenceforth. Even to this day the brethren of the great Order
of religious men which he founded are thus clothed, and girt with a cord, and shod with nakedness. And this Order is the Order of the Lesser Brethren, the Fratres Minores; and often they are called Franciscans, or the Friars of St. Francis. But as to the thought he bestowed on his eating and drinking:
once when he and Brother Masseo sat down on a broad stone near a fresh
to eat the bread which they had begged in the town, St. Franc