He would tell his sons that she was the way of perfection, the pledge and earnest of eternal riches. No one was so greedy of gold as he of poverty; no one more careful in guarding a treasure than he in guarding this pearl of the Gospel.
~Thomas of Celano, The Second Life of St. Francis of Assisi
St. Francis was accustomed not to pass over any visitation of the Spirit with negligence. When indeed such was offered, he followed it, and as long as the Lord would permit, he would enjoy the sweetness offered him. When, therefore, while he was pressed by some business or was intent upon a journey, he would taste the sweetest manna in frequent snatches.
~Celano, Second Life, Chapter LXI (via a post on the blog Portiuncula: the Little Portion)