In his words there was a wonderful charm: he kept his virginity always inviolate: he was so great a lover of lowliness that he used to call himself the last of all, and would that his disciples should be called the Minims, which is, being interpreted, the Least of the brethren. His raiment was coarse; he went always bare-footed; and he slept on the ground. The extreme smallness of the amount of food which he took was extraordinary. He ate only once a day, and that after sunset. Then he took only bread and water, with scarcely any of such condiment as is allowed in Lent. He bound his disciples by a fourth vow, added to those of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience, to observe the same rule of eating as himself.
It was the will of God to make the holiness of his servant manifest by many miracles. The most notorious of these is that on one occasion when some seamen refused to take him over the Straits of Messina, he spread his cloak upon the sea, and crossed over on it with his companion. In the spirit of prophecy he foretold many things to come. Louis XI, King of France, held him in great worship, and bade him to his court. At last, at Tours, in the ninety-first year of his age, and the 1507th of our salvation, he departed hence to be ever with the Lord. His body was not buried for eleven days after his death, but it not only shewed no signs of corruption but even gave forth a sweet savour. Pope Leo X caused him to be numbered among the Saints.