Today's Saint (July 14): Bonaventure

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Saint Bonaventure (c. 1217-1274) was born in Tuscany, Italy, of a noble family. He became a Franciscan friar, a bishop and later a cardinal.

His call to the monastic life was initiated by a miraculous cure received through the intercession of Saint Francis.

As a Franciscan, his intellectual talents were soon discovered and led him to teach and later to assume the job of Master of the Franciscan School at Paris.

Bonaventure was a contemporary of Thomas Aquinas; however, his theological writings offer a different perspective. His thought contributed greatly to the Church Council at Lyons, during which he died. His most systematic and extensive work is his "Commentary on the Sentences" of Peter Lombard.

Bonaventure denied the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and championed the knowledge given by God to Christians, as being far superior to all forms of mere human wisdom.

"The mouth of the righteous is exercised in wisdom: and his tongue will be talking of judgment." (The day's Gradual, page F 27, People's Anglican Missal)

Bonaventure's Mass Propers
Catholic Encyclopedia article

Books worth considering
The Journey of the Mind to God
Poverty & Joy: The Franciscan Tradition
Simply Bonaventure: An Introduction to His Life Thought & Writings
History of the Franciscan Order: From Its Origins to the Year 1517
To Live As Francis Lived: A Guide for Secular Franciscans
The Treasury of Saints and Martyrs
The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (Oxford Paperback Reference)amazon
The Penguin Dictionary of Saints: Third Edition (Dictionary, Penguin)amazon

Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church