Peace be with you!

My name is Nader Ata. I am a Conventual Franciscan Friar of the Our Lady of Angels Province, USA. I am a transitional deacon preparing for Priesthood Ordination in the fall.

Seeking to live with Franciscan Joy each and every day!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

St. Bonaventure

Today is the Feast Day of St. Bonaventure.  He is a Franciscan Friar and a Doctor of the Church who lived from 1218 to 1274.  St. Bonaventure is known for his great prudence and wisdom.  His writings did much to illuminate the study of both theology and philosophy.  

Here is a selection from the Journey of the Mind to God by St. Bonaventure "For this passover to be perfect, we must suspend all the operations of the mind and we must transform the peak of our affections, directing them to God alone.  This is a sacred mystical experience.  In cannot be comprehended by anyone unless he surrenders himself to it; nor can he surrender himself to it unless he longs for it; nor can he long for it unless the Holy Spirit, whom Christ sent into the world, should come and inflame his innermost soul.  Hence the Apostle says that this mystical wisdom is revealed by the Holy Spirit."

In prayer this morning I felt called to share it with you.  May it be inspiring to you as it is for me!  St. Bonaventure....Pray for Us!

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