Hail, Queen Wisdom, may the Lord protect you with your sister, holy pure Simplicity.
Lady, holy Poverty, may the Lord protect you with your
sister, holy Humility.
Lady, holy Charity, may the Lord protect you with
your sister, holy Obedience.
O most holy Virtues, may the Lord protect
all of you, from Whom you come and proceed.
There is surely no one in
the entire world who can possess any one of you unless he dies [to
himself] first. Whoever possesses one and does not offend the others,
And whoever offends one does not possess any and offends
And each one destroys vices and sins.
Holy Wisdom destroys Satan
and all his subtlety.
Pure holy Simplicity destroys all the wisdom of
this world and the wisdom of the body.
Holy Poverty destroys the desire
of riches and avarice and the cares of this world.
destroys pride and all the people who are in the world and all things
that belong to the world.
Holy Charity destroys every temptation of the
devil and of the flesh and every carnal fear.
Holy Obedience destroys
every wish of the body and of the flesh and binds its mortified body to
obedience of the Spirit and to obedience of one’s brother and [the one
who possesses her] is subject and submissive to all persons in the world
and not to many only but even to all beasts and wild animals so that
they may do whatever they want with him inasmuch as it has been given to
them from above by the Lord.
- St. Francis, The Praises of the Virtues