Saint of the week

Saint Bonaventure

15th July


“The outcome or the fruit of reading holy Scripture is by no means negligible: it is the fullness of eternal happiness.  For these are the books which tell us of eternal life, which were written not only that we might believe but also that we might have everlasting life.

When we do live that life we shall understand fully, we shall love completely, and our desires will be totally satisfied when, with all our needs fulfilled, we shall truly know the love that surpasses understanding and so be filled with the fullness of God.

The purpose of the Scriptures, which come to us from God, is to lead us to this fullness according to the truths contained in those sayings of the apostles to which I have referred.

In order to achieve this, we must study holy Scripture carefully, and teach it and listen to it in the same way.”

St. Bonaventure: “On the Understanding of Scripture (Prologus: Opera Omnia 5, 201-202)


The illustration of Saint Bonaventure is of a panel painting by Vittore Crivelli (c. 1440 – c. 1500)
on display in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.

This was originally part of an altarpiece in the Franciscan Church at Penna San Giovanni in the Province of Macerata in Italy.

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