Saint of the Day: Bonaventure, “The Seraphic Doctor”
Italy, b. circa 1221, d. 1274
Franciscan Friar and minister general of the order; Bishop; Doctor of the Church; peacemaker; a contemporary of Saint Thomas Aquinas; helped prepare for and spoke at the Second Council of Lyons, the primary goal of which was to reunite the Eastern and Western churches; called the “seraphic (angelic) doctor,” because of his focus on the love of God in his writings
patron saint of bowel disorders
symbol: cardinal’s hat, ciborium
- Read bio at americancatholic.org
- Read bio at EWTN
- Read entry from Butler’s Lives of the Saints (1866)
- Watch / listen homily on St. Bonaventure (2013)
Pray with Saint Bonaventure
When we pray, the voice of the heart must be heard more than the proceedings of the mouth.
Writings of Saint Bonaventure
If you learn everything except Christ, you learn nothing. If you learn nothing except Christ, you learn everything.
- Read Holiness of Life
- Read The Soul’s Journey Into God
- Read The Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- Read The Life of Saint Francis of Assisi
- Read The Twelve Works of our Guardian Angel
…open your eyes, bend your ear, stop up your mouth, and stir up your heart, to see, understand, praise, love and glorify God in all things, if you do not wish the whole universe to rise up against you.