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>When the Franciscan order was founded in the thirteenth century, it began
>life as the Friars Minor (Ordo Fratrum Minorum).  What, praytell, is the
>origin of the designation "minor"?  In particular, did this description
>come from St. Francis himself; and, if so, was it meant to denote humility?

In the First Life of St. Francis  38 Thomas of Celano says that Francis
gave the order that name because it says in the Rule 'Let them be lesser' -
see Speculum Perfectionis,  26
John Hall

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