St. Bonaventure

St. Bonaventure (1221-1274) is called the "Seraphic Doctor" because of his writings, life, and teachings, especially for his emphasis on God's love. He was born four years before his friend, Saint Thomas Aquinas. He was later elected Cardinal-Bishop of Albano. He is considered as one of the greatest Franciscan saints who ever lived.


The Seven Last Words of Christ: Meditating on the Second Word

“Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with Me in paradise.’” —Luke 23:43 The second leaf of our mystical vine and the second chord of our spiritual lyre is the second pronouncement of the Lord on the cross, which He spoke to the thief who professed His faith in Him. “Amen,” He…


The Seven Last Words of Christ: Meditating on the First Word

And Jesus said: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” —Luke 23:34 There are “Seven Words” (or pronouncements) which Christ uttered while elevated upon the cross, which may be likened to seven rich and verdant leaves springing forth upon a mystical vine [the cross itself being this spiritual vine]. Again, the wood…