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Saint Bonaventure  1221 - 1274

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Revelation, History, and the Dialogue of Religions : A Study of Bhartrhari and Bonaventure
Saint Bonaventure Concise Biography

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Bonaventure, Saint (1217--1274), Christian theologian and minister general of the Franciscans, especially noted for his spiritual writings...

 
Saint Bonaventure Biography

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Bonaventure was born at Bagnoregio (near Viterbo, Italy), the son of John of Fidanza. Called John, he went to the university at Paris in 1235, where he studied under Alexander of Hales. He joined the Franciscans in 1243, taking the name Bonaventure and progressing in his theological studies to become a master (professor) of theology in 1254. During this period he wrote a commentary on Scripture, the Breviloquium, and, like his contemporary, Thomas Aquinas, worked to integrate Aristotelian insights into the Augustinian tradition. Bonaventure accepted much of Aristotle's scientific philosophy, but he rejected what he knew of Aristotle's metaphysics as insufficient because Aristotle was not guided by the light of Christian faith...

 
Patron Saint Index profile of Saint Bonaventure

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Healed from a childhood disease by the prayers of Saint Francis of Assisi. Joined the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor @ 22. Studied theology and philosophy in Paris. Friend of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Doctor of Theology. Friend of King Saint Louis. General of the Franciscan Order at 35. Bishop of Albano. Cardinal. Spoke at the Council of Lyons, but died before its close. Writer. Biographer of Saint Francis. Doctor of the Church.

"A man of eminent learning and eloquence, and of outstanding holiness, he was known for his kindness, approachableness, gentleness and compassion." - Pope Gregory X on hearing of the death of Bonaventure

 

Catholic Online Saints:  Bonaventure

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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!

 

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