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. Works published by St. Bonaventure. It is worthy of note that the Capuchins forbade their Friars to follow Scotus and ordered them to return to the study of Bonaventure. La Vita di San Bonaventura (Italiano), : brami del tesso di S. Bonaventura All these editions were very imperfect in so far as they include spurious works and omit genuine ones. The centenary celebrations of 1874 appear to have revived interest in the life and work of St. Bonaventure. Le Bouquet du Chrétien ostensibly that of the Quaracchi edition; though a few typographic mistakes "St. Légende de Saint François (italiano), San Bonaventura Bonaventure, as Hefele remarks, united in himself the two elements whence proceed whatever was noble and sublime, great and beautiful, in the Middle Ages, viz., tender piety and profound learning. Mystical Writings | St. Bonaventure | download | B–OK. The substantial form is not in Bonaventure's opinion, essentially, one, as St. Thomas taught. When I was on pilgrimage last year in Europe, I Some were lost before the invention of printing. Again Bonaventure is distinguished from the other Scholastics not only by the greater warmth of his religious teaching, but also by its practical tendency as Trithemius notes (Scriptores Eccles.). Edition of St. Bonaventure’s Itinerarium mentis in Deum, (English: HTML) c/o the Crossroads Initiative.com, De Mysterio Trinitatis, Q. Below you will find links to Latin, English, Again, in attempting to make a comparison between Bonaventure and St. Thomas, we should remember that the two saints were of a different bent of mind; each had qualities in which he excelled; one was in a sense the complement of the other; one supplied what the other lacked. Life of St. Bonaventure: published by the Parish of St. Bonaventure, Such are the "Centiloquium", the "Speculum Disciplinæ", which is probably the work of Bernard of Besse, Bonaventure's secretary; the rhythmical "Philomela", which seems to be from the pen of John Peckham; the "Stimulus Amoris" and the "Speculum B.V.M. Bagnoregio, Doctor of the Church c/o CE, St. Nihil Obstat. 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. Most of them were taken down by some of his auditors and thus preserved to posterity. Opera Omnia S. Bonaventurae. Complete Texts in  Latin (BEBF) / Français 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. Bonaventure's beautiful "Legend" or life of St. Francis completes the writings in which he strove to promote the spiritual welfare of his brethren. (Off site) Enters the Franciscan Order:  1628 —Oil on canvas, 231 x 215 cm (Museo del Prado, Madrid), St Bonaventura Receiving For she is the gate of life, the door of salvation, and the way of our reconciliation. In this edition the works of the saint are distributed through the ten volumes as follows: the first four contain his great "Commentaries on the Book of Sentences"; the fifth comprises eight smaller scholastic works such as the "Breviloquium" and "Itinerarium"; the sixth and seventh are devoted to his commentaries on Scripture; the eighth contains his mystical and ascetic writings and works having special reference to the order; the ninth his sermons; whilst the tenth is taken up with the index and a short sketch of the saint's life and writings by Father Ignatius Jeiler. 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. The Catholic Encyclopedia. (Latin: c/o Babes-Bolai University, This article was transcribed for New Advent by Kevin Cawley. of the pages of Vol. facsímil. Pope Benedict XVI. He had already received while teaching in Paris the name of Doctor Devotus. 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. As a whole, it is essentially a legenda pacis, compiled mainly with a view to pacifying the unhappy discord still ravaging the order. elettronico). At the General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall on Wednesday,10 March [2010], the Holy Father continued the commentary on St Bonaventure, which he began the previous week, focusing on the the Seraphic Doctor's "remarkable theology of history and progress". The latter work, which formed the delight of Gerson for more than thirty years, and from which Bl. More celebrated than any preceding edition was that published at Rome (1588-96) by order of Sixtus V (7 vols. (Italiano), Cuestiones disputadas acerca de la ciencia de This page contains The last named wrote a "Summa quaestionum S. Bonaventura. Many purely speculative questions are passed over by Bonaventure; there is a directness about all he has written. According to Bonaventure, materia prima is not a mere indeterminatum quid, but contains the rationes seminales infused by the Creator at the beginning, and tends towards the acquisition of those special forms which it ultimately assumes. It is by no means essential to the possession of perfection in the highest degree. 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. links to St. Bonaventure on the Internet, and is updated regularly. Another point in which Bonaventure, as representing the Franciscan school, is at variance with St. Thomas is that which concerns the possibility of creation from eternity. Mineurs He declares that reason can demonstrate that the world was not created ab aeterno. St. Antoninus, Denis the Carthusian, Louis of Granada, and Father Claude de la Colombière, among others, have also noted this feature of Bonaventure's writings. theology of grace in the Order of Friars Minor, it has had a profound influence on the theology of all Franciscans during the last 800 years. PUBLISHER. The latter died in 1246, according to the opinion generally received, though not yet definitely established, and Bonaventure seems to have become his pupil about 1242. One cannot but regret the circumstances of this decree, but when it is recalled that the appeal of the contending parties was ever to the words and actions of St. Francis as recorded in the earlier "legends", it would be unjust to accuse the chapter of "literary vandalism" in seeking to proscribe the latter. L'Aiguillon de l'Amour Divin He rejects the doctrine of physical, and admits only a moral, efficacy in the sacraments. St. Bonaventure's writings concerning the Franciscan Order. In addition to the images He preached before popes and kings, in Spain and Germany, as well as in France and Italy. Home; Books; Search; Support. 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