Mendici Sumus

What does mendici sumus mean? It is Latin, and means, ‘We are beggars’.

Luther’s written words before he died were about Vergil, Cicero and Scripture. Finally, he wrote ‘We are beggars: this is true’. The words, ‘We are beggars’, were in German, and ‘this is true’ was in Latin:

Wir sind Bettler. Hoc est verum.

Before Luther, Bernard of Clairvaux used the words, ‘mendici sumus’, in one of his sermons (in Latin).