Bonaventure, Franciscan, theologian, doctor of the Church, was both learned and holy. Because of the spirit that filled him and his writings, he was at first called the Devout Doctor; but in more recent centuries he has been known as the Seraphic Doctor after the "Seraphic Father" Francis because of the truly Franciscan spirit he possessed.
The morning of the fifteenth of July, 1274, in the midst of the Second Council of Lyons, Pope Gregory X and the Fathers of the Council were shocked to learn that toward dawn Brother Bonaventure, bishop of Albano, had sickened and died. An unknown chronicler provides his impression of the Franciscan cardinal: "A man of eminent learning and eloquence, and of outstanding holiness, he was known for his kindness, approachableness, gentleness and compassion. Full of virtue, he was beloved of God and man. At his funeral Mass that same day, many were in tears, for the Lord had granted him this grace, that whoever came to know him was forthwith drawn to a deep love of him."
Bonaventure so united holiness and theological knowledge that he rose to the heights of mysticism while yet remaining a very active preacher and teacher, one beloved by all who met him. To know him was to love him; to read him is still for us today to meet a true Franciscan and a gentleman.
Daily Prayer - 2015-07-15
Dear Jesus, I come to you today
God is not foreign to my freedom.
How do I find myself today?
The Word of God
Reading 1 Ex 3:1-6, 9-12
Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian.
Responsorial Psalm PS 103:1b-2, 3-4, 6-7
R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.
Alleluia See Mt 11:25
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel Mt 11:25-27
At that time Jesus exclaimed:
Some thoughts on today's scripture
I begin to talk to Jesus about the piece of scripture I have just read.
I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.
Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
Although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. (Matthew 11:25)
Think about the incredible advancements in technology that have come about in the past century. Computers that once took up entire rooms now fit on your desktop. People once doomed to die from horrible diseases now go on to live for many happy and healthy years. Airplanes and high-speed trains have made the globe much smaller. And yet the same problems that have dogged us for centuries—poverty, war, crime, abuse—are still around. Why can't all this incredible knowledge help us tackle these issues?
The problem is that technology cannot reveal the most important truth of all: that we are children of God. Those whom Jesus calls "the wise and the learned"—the ones who rely only on brainpower—can't quite understand this (Matthew 11:25). They can surmise that there is a God, but only God can reveal himself to us. We just have to be "childlike" and ask him to show us!
What does it mean to be childlike? It means acknowledging that we were created to have an ongoing relationship with God—a relationship of love, trust, and dependence. It means believing that God is committed to us as a father is to his children. It means keeping ourselves open to the promptings that God sends to us.
Here is one way that you can work on being more childlike in your day—even as you go about your very grown-up life. Make it a point to take some time to slow down. It's easy to fill our days with activities, chores, and obligations and miss out on our relationship with God. Of course, there is much that we have to do each day, but it's also vital that we not become consumed by it.
So spend time just enjoying God's presence. Sit outside and absorb the sun, thanking your Father for the gift of its warmth. Or close your eyes, and imagine yourself taking a leisurely walk with Jesus. Put aside all the "grown-up" thoughts for just this time, and simply enjoy the Lord. Be like a child, and see what your Father reveals to you.
"Father, thank you for calling me your child! Help me to know you not just as the Almighty, but as Abba, my Dad."
Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12