Feastday: July 15
"Good fortune" indeed: healed by St. Francis, mentored by the brilliant Franciscan Alexander of Hales, buddy and colleage of the great Saint Aquinas, pal of King Louis (the holy one, not the other one). Dear seraphic Doctor, pray for us, and not the least of our requests being to restore joy to the Church.
"In the way of virtue, there is no standing still; anyone who does not daily advance, loses ground. To remain at a standstill is impossible; he that gains not, loses; he that ascends not, descends. If one does not ascend the ladder, one must descend; if one does not conquer, one will be conquered. " ~ St. Bonaventure
St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Feast day-July 15)
St. Bonaventure, known as "the seraphic doctor," was born at Bagnorea in Tuscany, in 1221. He received the name of Bonaventure in consequence of an exclamation of St. Francis of Assisi, when, in response to the pleading of the child's mother, the saint prayed for John's recovery from a dangerous illness, and, foreseeing the future greatness of the little John, cried out "O Buona ventura"-O good fortune! UNQUOTE
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"God passes through the thicket of the world, and wherever His glance falls He turns all things to beauty." ~ St. Bonaventure