St. Bonaventure Writings
Pope Sixtus IV canonized Saint Bonaventure in 1484.
St. Bonaventure is considered one of the greatest Doctors
of the Church in the ranking with St.
Thomas Aquinas. St. Bonaventure's writings are still
studied by the Franciscan Order today and contain some
of the most important philosophies and doctrine of the
St. Bonaventure's Works:
Commentary on the Sentences of Lombard - four
Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke
Itinerarium Mentis ad Deum
De reduction Artium ad Theologiam
De Septem Itineribus Aetermitatis
Excerpt from the Mystical Prayer in the Holy Spirit
The Mystical Prayer in the Holy
Spirit was written by St. Bonaventure. It is a contemplative
prayer and is often read on the St. Bonaventure Feast
Day, July 15. The following excerpt is only a fraction
of the original prayer.
is both the way and the door. Christ is the staircase
and the vehicle, like the throne of mercy over the Ark
of the Covenant, and the mystery hidden from the ages.
A man should turn his full attention to this throne
of mercy, and should gaze at him hanging on the cross,
full of faith, hope and charity, devoted, full of wonder
and joy, marked by gratitude, and open to praise and
jubilation. Then such a man will make with Christ a
pasch, that is, a passing-over. Through the branches
of the cross he will pass over the Red Sea, leaving
Egypt and entering the desert. There he will taste the
hidden manna, and rest with Christ in the sepulchre,
as if he were dead to things outside. He will experience,
as much as is possible for one who is still living,
what was promised to the thief who hung beside Christ:
Today you will be with me in paradise.
St. Bonaventure Pendant
The St. Bonaventure pendant is worn by clergy and laity
alike. Wearing the picture of St. Bonaventure is a reminder
of his great works. Many Catholics wear the St. Bonaventure
medal while reciting the inspirational prayers that
were written by St. Bonaventure dealing with spiritual,
mystical, and theological issues.