St. Sylvester, a diocesan
priest, was one of the first four companions of St. Francis of Assisi.
He is buried in the Basilica in Assisi.
By divine inspiration, a priest named Sylvester began to reflect on
Francis' action, and said to himself: "Am I not a miserable man, old as I
am, to be avid for temporal goods, when this young man despises and
hates them for love of God?" During the following night in a dream he
saw an immense cross reaching to the sky, and its foot was planted in
the mouth of Francis, while the arms spread from on end of the world to
the other. On awakening, the priest realized and was convinced that
blessed Francis was indeed the friend and servant of Jesus Christ and
that the form of religion he was introducing would spread over the
entire earth. Thus Sylvester was brought to fear God, and he began to do
penance while still living in his own house. Before long, however, he
entered the fraternity in which he lived perfectly and died gloriously.
Saint Francis of Assisi
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