The Little Flowers of Saint Francis of Assisi
by Brother Ugolino
HOW BROTHER GILES WENT TO ST JAMES THE GREAT
By the permission of St Francis, Brother Giles went once, in the
process of time, to St James the Great, in Galicia, and in that whole
journey he broke his fast once only because of the great poverty of the
country. And as he went asking alms, and finding none who would give to
him, he came one evening by chance to a barn, where a few beans lay
scattered on the ground. These he gathered up, and supped on them; and
in this barn he passed the night, for he loved to abide in solitary
places remote from the haunts of men, the better to give himself to
watching and prayer. And God so strengthened him by this supper, that
if he had eaten of ever so rich a banquet he could not have been so
well refreshed. Proceeding then upon his way, he met with a poor man,
who asked an alms of him for the love of God. And Brother Giles,
charitable as he was, had nothing to give but the habit he wore. So he
cut the hood from his cloak, and gave it to that poor man for the love
of God, and so journeyed on without a hood for twenty days together.
And as he was returning through Lombardy, a man called to him, to whom
he went willingly, expecting to receive an alms; but when he stretched
out his hand, the man put a pair of dice into it, inviting him to play.
Brother Giles replied very humbly, "God forgive thee, my son." And as
he passed through the world he met with much mockery and insult, and
endured it all in peace.