Let us move on now to the works of St. Bonaventure, the great 13th century mystic philosopher, theologian, and doctor of the Church. Those familiar with the catalogues of European libraries are aware that no writer since the Middle Ages had been more widely read or copied than Bonaventure. It was reprinted with but slight emendations at Metz in 1609 and at Lyons in 1678. St. Bonaventure was born in an area of Italy that was part of the Papal States, in 1221. Invariably he aims at arousing devotion as well as imparting knowledge. Like the other medieval Summas, Bonaventure's "Commentary" is divided into four books. more bold to sell it; but it is the consummation of boldness to do so, From the fourteenth to the sixteenth century the influence of Bonaventure was undoubtedly somewhat overshadowed by that of Duns Scotus, owing largely to the prominence of the latter as champion of the Immaculate Conception in the disputes between the Franciscans and Dominicans. Again, notwithstanding his deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin, he favours the opinion which does not exempt her from original sin, quia magis consonat fidei pietati et sanctorum auctoritati. If anyone could have succeeded in uniting the order, it would have been Bonaventure; but the via media proved impracticable, and Bonaventure's personality only served to hold in check the elements of discord, subsequently represented by the Conventuals and the Fraticelli. He was declared a doctor Perhaps the best known of Bonaventure's other mystical and ascetical writings are the "Soliloquium", a sort of dialogue containing a rich collection of passages from the Fathers on spiritual questions; the "Lignum vitae", a series of forty-eight devout meditations on the life of Christ, the "De sex alis seraphim", a precious opuscule on the virtues of superiors, which Father Claudius Acquaviva caused to be printed separately and circulated throughout the Society of Jesus; the "Vitis mystica", a work on the Passion, which was for a long time erroneously ascribed to St. Bernard, and "De Perfectione vitae", a treatise which depicts the virtues that make for religious perfection, and which appears to have been written for the use of Blessed Isabella of France, who had founded a monastery of Poor Clares at Longchamps. ad Claras Aquas [Quaracchi] 1882-1902". The relation of the finite and infinite, the natural and supernatural, is again dealt with by Bonaventure, in his "De reductione Artium ad Theologiam", a little work written to demonstrate the relation which philosophy and the arts bear to theology, and to prove that they are all absorbed in it as into a natural centre. It was commenced by Father Fidelis a Fanna (d. 1881) and completed by Father Ignatius Jeiler (d. 1904): "Doctoris Seraphici S. Bonaventuræ S. H. B. Episcopi Cardinalis Opera Omnia, — edita studio et cura P. P. Collegii S. Bonaventura in fol. It is a bold thing to steal another’s work, but even Méditations sur la Vie de Jésus-Christ Vol. He regarded new opinions with disfavour and ever strove to follow those generally received in his time. Doctor of the Church, Cardinal-Bishop of Albano, Minister General of the Friars Minor, born at Bagnorea in the vicinity of Viterbo in 1221; died at Lyons, 15 July, 1274. This series provides annotated translations from the Latin originals of the works of St. Bonaventure for students and seekers who wish to steep themselves in the rich theological vision of this medieval giant. if you have an Amazon account, let them know that you do not appreciate what It comprises more than four thousand pages in folio and treats extensively and profoundly of God and the Trinity, the Creation and Fall of Man, the Incarnation and Redemption, Grace, the Sacraments, and the Last Judgment, that is to say, traverses the entire field of Scholastic theology. As Sixtus V aptly expresses it: "In writing he united to the highest erudition an equal amount of the most ardent piety; so that whilst enlightening his readers he also touched their hearts penetrating to the inmost recesses of their souls" (Bull, Triumphantis Jerusalem). The heavy responsibilities which he bore till within a few weeks of his death were almost incompatible with further study and even precluded his completing what he had begun before his thirty-sixth year. v) had a critical effect on some of the definitions of dogma, and at the Vatican Council (1870), sentences from them were embodied in the decrees concerning papal supremacy and infallibility. St. Bonaventure, bishop & Doctor of the The Church: Biography and Selected Writings . Des Conseils Evangéliques It was written, superiorum praecepto (at the command of his superiors) when he was only twenty-seven and is a theological achievement of the first rank. Title / Description. This appears especially in his treatment of the Holy Eucharist. John Francis Quinn St. Bonaventure's aim was to present a general portrait of the holy founder which, by the omission of certain points that had given rise to controversy, should be acceptable to all parties. picked up a copy of this flyer in Italian, when I visited the tomb of the they are doing. In his sermons he follows the Scholastic method of putting forth the divisions of his subject and then expounding each division according to the different senses. Salve Regina -- On the Gift of Piety In 1266 Bonaventure convened a general chapter in Paris at which, besides other enactments, it was decreed that all the "legends" of St. Francis written before that of Bonaventure should be forthwith destroyed, just as the Chapter of Narbonne had in 1260 ordered the destruction of all constitutions before those then enacted. (VT), Italia: where St. Bonaventure’s Relics are conserved (Italiano), Bonaventura da Bagnoregio nella Divina Commedia, La Filosofía de San Long used as a handbook on the Quaracchi Edition and The Franciscan Archive’s The Sermons of St. Anthony of Padua, translated into English from the Critical Latin Edition of the Centro Studi Antoniani, Padova, Italia (1979): by Paul Spilsbury. This decree has excited much hostile criticism. ad Claras Aquas [Quaracchi] 1882-1902". That the cardinals seriously authorized Bonaventure to nominate himself, as some writers aver, is most improbable. 2 of St. Bonaventure’s Commentary, w. text of Peter Lombard, These include official letters written by Bonaventure as general to the superiors of the order, as well as personal letters addressed like that "Ad innominatum magistrum" to private individuals. Among the latter is his well-known explanation of the Rule of the Friars Minor; in this work, written at a time when the dissensions within the order as to the observance of the Rule were so painfully marked, he adopted a conciliatory attitude, approving neither the interpretation of the Zelanti nor that of the Relaxati. It offers students a focused and intensive education both in creative and professional writing pointed toward the twin aims of perfecting craft and understanding both the publication process and the process of joining and sustaining creative communities. It is much to be regretted that Bonaventure's views on this and other controverted questions should be so often misrepresented, even by recent writers. More celebrated than any preceding edition was that published at Rome (1588-96) by order of Sixtus V (7 vols. ", written respectively by James of Milan and Conrad of Saxony; "The Legend of St. Clare", which is by Thomas of Celano; the "Meditationes vitae Christi" composed by a Friar Minor for a Poor Clare, and the "Biblia pauperum" of the Dominican Nicholas of Hanapis. In his sermons he follows the Scholastic method of putting forth the divisions of his subject and then expounding each division according to the different senses. It was probably soon after this chapter that Bonaventure composed his "Apologia pauperum", in which he silences Gerard of Abbeville who by means of an anonymous libel had revived the old university feud against the Friars. published by the Franciscan Archive, This translation is systematic This appears especially in his treatment of the Holy Eucharist. It is said that the pope's envoys who brought him the cardinal's hat found the saint washing dishes outside a convent near Florence and were requested by him to hang it on a tree nearby until his hands were free to take it. Collationes de Septem Donis Spiritus This aim was surely legitimate even though from a critical standpoint the work may not be a perfect biography. FATHER OF THE COUNCIL OF LYONS, And the story of St. Thomas visiting Bonaventure's cell while the latter was writing the life of St. Francis and finding him in an ecstasy is well known. Bonaventure." In The Catholic Encyclopedia. This well-known work is composed of two parts of very unequal value. His "Collationes in Hexameron" is a work of the same kind, but its title, which did not originate with Bonaventure, is somewhat misleading. Third Conference in Latin & English (70k): HTML Bonaventure’s integration of faith and reason sets his theology apart and offers a beacon for others to follow. At Trent (1546) his writings, as Newman remarks (Apologia, ch. COMMENTARIA IN QUATUOR LIBROS SENTENTIARUM, The The editor of New Advent is Kevin Knight. The Church progresses in both newness and continuity. This was in 1260. Le Petit Psautier de la Vierge La Triple Voie The centenary celebrations of 1874 appear to have revived interest in the life and work of St. Bonaventure. does offer a profoundly catholic corrective to the method of critique, which The Franciscan Order has ever regarded Bonaventure as one of the greatest Doctors and from the beginning his teaching found many distinguished expositors within the order, among the earliest being his own pupils, John Peckham later Archbishop of Canterbury, Matthew of Aquasparta, and Alexander of Alexandria (d. 1314), both of whom became ministers general of the order. Translated No useful purpose, he declares, is achieved by mere controversy. Henry Suso drew so largely, was written on Mount la Verna in 1259. There is also an answer by Bonaventure to some questions concerning the Rule, a treatise on the guidance of novices, and an opuscule in which Bonaventure states why the Friars Minor preach and hear confessions, besides a number of letters which give us a special insight into the saint's character. but too large". Alphabet des Religieux His aim was to promote harmony in essentials. The current project underway is the publication of an English translation of St. Bonaventure's Commentaries on the Four Books of Sentancesof Peter Lombard, according to the critical edition prepared by the Quarrachi Editors. No useful purpose, he declares, is achieved by mere controversy. But Bonaventure's treatment of this question marked a distinct advance, and he did more perhaps than anyone before Scotus to clear the ground for its correct presentation. Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church, Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, & Doctor of the Universal Church. His parents were named Giovanni di Fidanza and Maria Ritell. His treatise on the sacraments is largely practical and is characterized by a distinctly devotional element. Wadding and the Bollandists bold for the later date, but the earlier one is supported by Sbaradea, Bonelli, Panfilo da Magliano, and Jeiler, and appears more probable. In the latter year he convoked his fourth general chapter at Assisi, in which it was enacted that a Mass be sung every Saturday throughout the order in honour of the Blessed Virgin, not, however, in honour of her Immaculate Conception as Wadding among others has erroneously stated. The text was accepted and ratified in 1260 by the General Chapter of the Order in Narbonne. He preached before popes and kings, in Spain and Germany, as well as in France and Italy. Légende de Saint François While basing his doctrine on that of the old school, Bonaventure borrowed not a little from the new. He declares that reason can demonstrate that the world was not created ab aeterno. It was in connexion with this dispute that Bonaventure wrote his treatise, "De paupertate Christi". About St. Bonaventure . It is by no means essential to the possession of perfection in the highest degree. Robinson, Paschal. He is also a Doctor of the Church! If anyone could have succeeded in uniting the order, it would have been Bonaventure; but the via media proved impracticable, and Bonaventure's personality only served to hold in check the elements of discord, subsequently represented by the Conventuals and the Fraticelli. Most of them were taken down by some of his auditors and thus preserved to posterity. The greater number of them deal with philosophy and theology. Sixtus V, however, founded a special chair at Rome for the study of St. Bonaventure; such chairs also existed in several universities, notably at Ingolstadt, Salzburg, Valencia, and Osuna. Be this as it may, Bonaventure received in 1248 the "licentiate" which gave him the right to teach publicly as Magister regens, and he continued to lecture at the university with great success until 1256, when he was compelled to discontinue, owing to the then violent outburst of opposition to the Mendicant orders on the part of the secular professors at the university. Nothing is known of Bonaventure's parents save their names: Giovanni di Fidanza and Maria Ritella. Other well-known commentaries are by John of Erfurt (d. 1317), Verilongus (d. 1464), Brulifer (d. c. 1497), de Combes (d. 1570), Trigosus (d. 1616), Coriolano (d. 1625), Zamora (d. 1649), Bontemps (d. 1672), Hauzeur (d. 1676), Bonelli (d. 1773), etc. This miracle not only moved the people of Lyons to choose Bonaventure as their special patron, but also gave a great impetus to the process of his canonization. Dante, writing long before, had given expression to the popular mind by placing Bonaventure among the saints in his "Paradiso", and no canonization was ever more ardently or universally desired than that of Bonaventure. It must not be concluded, however, that Bonaventure's mystical writings constitute his chief title to fame. The Holy Ghost alone knows how to bring to light the sweetness hidden away under the rugged exterior of the words of the Law. Nearly five hundred authentic sermons of Bonaventure have come down to us; the greater part of them were delivered in Paris before the university while Bonaventure was professor there, or after he had become minister general. On 23 June, 1273, Bonaventure, much against his will, was created Cardinal-Bishop of Albano, by Gregory X. Clicking on the book title brings you to the library's catalog record which includes additional information. Sancti, Speculum disciplinae ad novicios, Paris: 1501. Bonaventure was the true heir and follower of Alexander of Hales and the continuator of the old Franciscan school founded by the Doctor Irrefragabilis, but he surpassed the latter in acumen, fertility of imagination, and originality of expression. The last named wrote a "Summa quaestionum S. Bonaventura. It consists of an unfinished course of instructions delivered at Paris in 1273. 2. The fifteenth century saw no less than fifty editions of Bonaventure's works. Exposition de la Règle des Frères THE JOURNEY OF THE MIND INTO GOD. In the first, second, and fourth Bonaventure can compete favourably with the best commentaries on the Sentences, but it is admitted that in the third book he surpasses all others. St. Bonaventure St. Bonaventure receiving Holy Communion from an angel. Conférence sur le Mépris du Monde Of this "Legenda Major", as it came to be called, Bonaventure made an abridgment arranged for use in choir and known as the "Legenda Minor". — Nota dal Editore:  Quando stavo in pellegrinaggio l’anno Fifth Conference in Latin & English (52k): HTML These include official letters written by Bonaventure as general to the superiors of the order, as well as personal letters addressed like that "Ad innominatum magistrum" to private individuals. Alverna St. Bonaventure ofBagnoregio, Doctor of the Church c/o CE St.Bonaventure, by Archbishop Paschal Robinson, OFM 15juli: H. Bonaventura, bisschop en kerkleraar(Nederlander) SanBonaventura: il Dottore serafico e devoto, di Maurizio Schoepflin(italiano) San Bonaventuraa cura di Culturanuova.netcon collegamenti (italiano, con imagini) Bonaventura:Giovanni Fidanza: la sua filosofia (italiano) Giovanni Fidanza(… It was Alexander of Hales who said that Bonaventure seemed to have escaped the curse of Adam's sin. Students may request assistance at any stage of paper development, ... participants are mostly second-semester students mandated to this program as their only avenue for continued study at St. Bonaventure. It must not be inferred, however, that philosophy in Bonaventure's view does not possess an existence of its own. Explication des Cérémonies de la Sainte della Parrocchia di San Bonaventura, Bagnoregio (VT), Italia (. original notes. (English: PDF), extracted from The correct address is 13156 St. Albert Trail. In its preparation the editors visited over 400 libraries and examined nearly 52,000 manuscripts, while the first volume alone contains 20,000 variant readings. Doctor of the Church, Cardinal-Bishop of Albano, Minister General of the Friars Minor, born at Bagnorea in the vicinity of Viterbo in 1221; died at Lyons, 16 July, 1274. Treating of the Incarnation, Bonaventure does not differ substantially from St. Thomas. Like “We must beg the Holy Spirit, with ardent longing, to give us these fruits. This derivation is highly improbable; it seems based on a late fifteenth-century legend. Bonaventure twice addressed the assembled Fathers, on 18 May, during a session of the Council, when he preached on Baruch 5:5, and on 29 June, during pontifical Mass celebrated by the pope. There is also an answer by Bonaventure to some questions concerning the Rule, a treatise on the guidance of novices, and an opuscule in which Bonaventure states why the Friars Minor preach and hear confessions, besides a number of letters which give us a special insight into the saint's character. Works of St. Bonaventure, Robert Karris, OFM, general editor. Certain it is that since then the study of his writings has steadily increased. He rejects the doctrine of physical, and admits only a moral, efficacy in the sacraments. St Bonaventure, New York, United States Help university students who come in for writing assistance. Mind’s Road to God:  English translation of the 1938 Quaracchi Edition, Itinerario della mente a Dio, qualche brami del tesso di S. Bonaventura, a cura (1882–1902). He never divorces the one from the other, but treats learned subjects devoutly and devout subjects learnedly. Regrettably, I can't reply to every letter, but I greatly appreciate your feedback — especially notifications about typographical errors and inappropriate ads. Bonaventure's authority has always been very great in the Church. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. These reforms he sought to enforce three years later at the General Chapter of Narbonne when the constitutions of the order which he had revised were promulgated anew. and literal; with a particular emphasis on preserving the metaphors used by the Most of them were taken down by some of his auditors and thus preserved to posterity. Robinson, P. (1907). It must, however, be regarded only as incidental. He declares that reason can demonstrate that the world was not created ab aeterno. theology of grace in the Order of Friars Minor, it has had a profound influence No doubt Bonaventure's works betray some of the defects of the learning of his day, but there is nothing in them that savours of useless subtlety. (Allocutio of 11 October, 1890.) These two qualities shine forth conspicuously in his writings. Saint Bonaventure and Saint Thomas Aquinas by Zurbaran. (Allocutio of 11 October, 1890.) Bonaventura (Italiano), : brami del tesso di S. Bonaventura Translations of his works by Jose de Vinck are “The Journey of the Mind to God,” in vol. Bonaventure's exegetical works were highly esteemed in the Middle Ages and still remain a treasure house of thoughts and treatises. -- A Preliminary Tract on Grace according to its rise, use and fruit Bonaventure's authority has always been very great in the Church. It consists of an unfinished course of instructions delivered at Paris in 1273. His head was preserved through the heroism of the superior, who hid it at the cost of his life but it disappeared during the French Revolution and every effort to discover it has been in vain. The Journey of the Mind into God (St. Bonaventure) – pdf; or also here; or audiobook here. Abstract This article has no associated abstract. elettronico). juli: H. Bonaventura, bisschop en kerkleraar, San Apart from his personal influence at Lyons (1274), his writings carried great weight at the subsequent councils at Vienna (1311), Constance (1417), Basle (1435), and Florence (1438). His proper place is beside his friend St. Thomas, as they are the two greatest theologians of Scholasticism. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. -- On the Gift of Understanding St. Bonaventure (1221-1274) is known as the Seraphic Doctor in honor of one of the basic qualities of his teaching—the purist love. The Feast day of St. Bonaventure is celebrated on 15 July every year. "vain trifles or useless cavils, nor does he mix as do so many others, worldly digressions with serious theological discussions. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. Leo XIII rightly calls Bonaventure the Prince of Mystics: "Having scaled the difficult heights of speculation in a most notable manner, he treated of mystical theology with such perfection that in the common opinion of the learned he is facile princeps in that field." Any scientific study of Bonaventure must be based upon this edition, upon which not only Leo XIII (13 December, 1885) and Pius X (11 April, 1904), but scholars of all creeds have lavished the highest encomiums. Nor is there any truth in the popular story that Bonaventure on arriving at Viterbo advised the citizens to lock up the cardinals with a view to hastening the election. 39-72). Bonaventure, however, never sacrifices truth to devotion, but his tendency to prefer an opinion which arouses devotion to a dry and uncertain speculation may go far towards explaining not a little of the widespread popularity his writings enjoyed among his contemporaries and all succeeding ages. Considered in itself, philosophy is, according to Bonaventure, a true science, prior in point of time to theology. About this page (JesusMarie.com), New English Translation You can use this novena to seek intercession from this learned saint! Divine Remaking St Bonaventure and the Gospel of Luke by Douglas Dales 9780227176276 (Paperback, 2017) Delivery US shipping is usually within 12 to 16 working days. "One does not find in his pages", notes Gerson (De Examin. – Saint Bonaventure, The Life of Saint Francis. "Let us leave a saint to work for a saint", said the Angelic Doctor as he withdrew. The latter work, which formed the delight of Gerson for more than thirty years, and from which Bl. ST. BONAVENTURE OF BAGNOREGIO. To the minds of his contemporaries impregnated with the mysticism of the Middle Ages, the spirit that breathed in Bonaventure's writings seemed to find its parallel only in the lives of those that stand nearest to the Throne, and the title of "Seraphic Doctor" bestowed upon Bonaventure is an undeniable tribute to his all-absorbing love for God. Like the other medieval Summas, Bonaventure's "Commentary" is divided into four books. of the Seraphic Doctor discusses the extent and quality of knowledge in the When it is attained, God is sincerely to be thanked. Indeed he asserts the littleness of his authority, renounces all claims to originality and calls himself a "poor compiler". “Thy beauty astonishes the sun and the moon; the angelic powers serve and obey thee. Nihil Obstat. The shortest and most complete summary of it is found in his "De Triplici Via", often erroneously entitled the "Incendium Amoris", in which he distinguishes the different stages or degrees of perfect charity. Bonaventure twice addressed the assembled Fathers, on 18 May, during a session of the Council, when he preached on Baruch 5:5, and on 29 June, during pontifical Mass celebrated by the pope. Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.CONTACT US | ADVERTISE WITH NEW ADVENT. The centenary celebrations of 1874 appear to have revived interest in the life and work of St. Bonaventure. Bonaventure's philosophy, no less than his theology, manifests his profound respect for tradition. Following upon his explanation of the Rule comes Bonaventure's important treatise embodying the Constitutions of Narbonne already referred to. Download books for free. With this end in view, he had chosen a middle course at the outset and firmly adhered to it during the seventeen years of his generalship. In this particular realm of theology, Bonaventure equals, if he does not excel, St. Bernard himself. Two years later, Bonaventure was mainly instrumental in reconciling the differences among the cardinals assembled at Viterbo to elect a successor to Clement IV, who had died nearly three years before; it was on Bonaventure's advice that, 1 September, 1271, they unanimously chose Theobald Visconti of Piacenza who took the title of Gregory X. This abiding sense of God's presence which pervades all the writings of Bonaventure is perhaps their fundamental attribute. Saint Bonaventure, ; canonized April 14, 1482; feast day July 15), leading medieval theologian, minister general of the Franciscan order, and cardinal bishop of Albano. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. College sports information Directors of America writing ) St. Bonaventure receiving Holy Communion from an angel written on Mount Verna. 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