Saint Bonaventure, born John of Fidanza Bonaventure

Saint Bonaventure, born John of Fidanza
Bonaventure
1221
1274

Italian Scholastic Theologian, Philosopher, known as “Seraphic Doctor,” Medieval Writer, Contemplative, Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor

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Since the divine providence can create nothing in vain, it is indispensable that, through the power of that same providence, the same individual body be remade ? immortal, complete in all its parts, fully true to nature.

Some people believe that usury is evil because it is prohibited, but clearly it is prohibited because it is evil. In a monetary loan, that which is mine becomes yours. But if you acquire something from that loan by your industry, and I claim anything of that, then I sell time, which is public and cannot be sold lawfully.

The absolute is a sphere whose center is nowhere and whose circumference is everywhere.

The Bridegroom gladly enters the chamber of our heart, it he sees it decked with flowers, in other words, the exercise of good works ... Let us obtain the beauty of clarity by flowering in wisdom, the purity of subtlety by flowering in temperance, the lightness of agility by flowering in justice, the soundness and sweetness of impassibility by flowering in patience.

The soul cannot be fully blessed without the body, because she has a naturally implanted inclination to be reunited with the body.

There all the faculties of sense will be exercised: the eye will see the most marvelous beauty, the sense of taste will savor the sweetest taste, the sense of smell will smell the most lovely fragrance, the sense of touch will lay hold of the most precious object, the hearing will be refreshed by the most joyful sounds.

Your heart is to be an altar of God. It is here that the fire of intense love must burn always.

Imitate the dove that nests in a hole in the cliff, keeping watch at the entrance like the sparrow that finds a home. There like the turtledove hide your little ones, the fruit of your chaste love. Press your lips to the fountain, draw water from the wells of your Savior; for this is the spring flowing out of the middle of paradise, dividing into four rivers, inundating devout hearts, watering the whole earth and making it fertile.

In all your deeds and words you should look upon this Jesus as your model. Do so whether you are walking or keeping silence, or speaking, whether you are alone or with others. He is perfect, and thus you will be not only irreprehensible, but praiseworthy.

In beautiful things St. Francis saw Beauty itself, and through His vestiges imprinted on creation he followed his Beloved everywhere, making from all things a ladder by which he could climb up and embrace Him who is utterly desirable. If you desire to know ? ask grace, not instruction; desire, not understanding; the groaning of prayer, not diligent reading; the Spouse, not the teacher; God, not man; darkness not clarity; not light, but fire that totally inflames and carries us into God by ecstatic unctions and burning affections.

In everything, whether it is a thing sensed or a thing known, God Himself is hidden within.

In things of beauty, he contemplated the One who is supremely beautiful, and, led by the footprints he found in creatures, he followed the Beloved everywhere.

Love is sometimes formed by sight, sometimes by hearing, sometimes by touch, sometimes by fellowship. We love the person in whom we see the good, or from whom we hear the good, or in whom we have experienced the good, or with whom we have had good fellowship.

God is the One who is closer to you than you are to yourself.

God is beauty, and with his beauty every creature is charged.

In God alone is there primordial and true delight, and in all our delights it is this delight that we are seeking.

Since happiness is nothing other than the enjoyment of the highest good and since the highest good is above, no one can be happy unless he rises above himself, not by an ascent of the body, but of the heart.

The best perfection of a religious man is to do common things in a perfect manner. A constant fidelity in small things is a great and heroic virtue.

The life of God – precisely because God is triune – does not belong to God alone. God who dwells in inaccessible light and eternal glory comes to us in the face of Christ and the activity of the Holy Spirit. Because of God’s outreach to the creature, God is said to be essentially relational, ecstatic, fecund, alive as passionate love. Divine life is therefore also our life. The heart of the Christian life is to be united with the God of Jesus Christ by means of communion with one another. The doctrine of the Trinity is, ultimately, therefore a teaching not about the abstract nature of God, nor about God in isolation from everything other than God, but a teaching about God’s life with us and our life with each other.

The One so good and so great desires you to embrace him and is waiting to embrace you.

There are different types of stealing, since stealing is the taking of things belonging to another aginst the owner’s will. This is done either by pure deceit, by violence, or by fraud. If it is done by pure deceit and in secret, then it is called stealing. If it is done by violence, either the violence is done in the open and is called plundering, or it is hidden and it is called a robbery. If the taking of things belonging to another is done by fraud, this can involve an agreement in one of three ways. It can be done with an agreement that is either fraudulent, sinful, or sacrilegious. The first way happens in business and can be done in one of three ways: in weight, or in number, or in measure. Merchants rarely escape committing this sin. If it is done by a sinful agreement, it is called usury, in which that which is sold is public, namely time. If it is done by a sacrilegious agreement, in which things belonging to God are sold, it is called simony. Some people believe that usury is evil because it is prohibited, but clearly it is prohibited because it is evil. In a monetary loan, that which is mine becomes yours. But if you acquire something from that loan by your industry, and I claim anything of that, then I sell time, which is public and cannot be sold lawfully.

Three things are necessary to everyone regardless of status, sex, or age, i.e., truth of faith which brings understanding; love of Christ which brings compassion; endurance of hope which brings perseverance. No adult is in state of salvation unless he has faithful understanding in his mind, loving compassion in his heart, and enduring perseverance in his actions.

Any old woman can love God better than a doctor of theology can.

He enlightened our faith with proofs, lifted our hope with promises, so as finally to inflame our love with gifts from heaven.

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First Name
Saint Bonaventure, born John of Fidanza
Last Name
Bonaventure
Birth Date
1221
Death Date
1274
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Italian Scholastic Theologian, Philosopher, known as “Seraphic Doctor,” Medieval Writer, Contemplative, Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor