THE BEAUTIFUL SAYINGS OF SAINT BONAVENTURE [1221-1274]

A CHRISTIAN PILGRIMAGE

THE BEAUTIFUL SAYINGS OF SAINT BONAVENTURE [1221-1274]

BISHOP, DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH, AND FRANCISCAN

FEAST DAY: 15 JULY 

I confess before God that what made me love Saint Francis’ way of life so much was that it is exactly like the origin and the perfection of the Church itself, which began first with simple fishermen and afterward developed to include the most illustrious and learned doctors. You find the same thing in the Order of Saint Francis; in this way God reveals that it did not come about through human calculations but through Christ.  

When we pray, the voice of the heart must be heard more than the proceedings from the mouth. 

Since happiness is nothing other than the enjoyment of the highest good and since the highest good is above, no one can be happy unless he rises above himself, not by an ascent of the…

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