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Theology of History in Bonaventure

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St. Bonaventure’s love of wisdom was intimately related to his love of God—so much so that he is called the "Seraphic Doctor" for the ardor that accompanied his great mind. What does this sort of mind have to say about the history of man, a topic long dear to Christian thinkers, especially owing to the Incarnation and the expectation of the Second Coming?

In this academic treatise, then-Father Ratzinger, a young university professor, delves into the work of the Seraphic Doctor to come to a critical and yet appreciative understanding of the theological meaning of history in his work. Particularly interested in Bonaventure’s Collationes in Hexaemeron, the study sets the saint’s thought against his remote and immediate predecessors, as well as his medieval contemporaries.

While bringing out Bonaventure’s "hope for history", Ratzinger must collect the spread-out and sometimes enigmatic references to eschatology and time and, comparing them against Bonaventure’s wider writings, place the saint in the tradition of Christian thought on the subjects. Key to this new theology of time, claims Ratzinger, is Bonaventure’s encounter with the prophecy of Joachim of Fiore—prophecy that threatened to tear the Franciscan Order apart.


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St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio

St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 07/15
Tridentine Calendar - 07/14


Patron Of: Against Bowel Disorder

Also known as

    * Seraphic Doctor of the Church
    * the Devout Doctor

Memorial

    * 15 July

Profile

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

Born

    * 1221 at Bagnoregio, Tuscany, Italy

Died

    * 15 July 1274 at Lyon, France of natural causes

Canonized

    * 14 April 1482 by Pope Sixtus IV

Patronage

    * against intestinal problems
    * Bagnoregio, Italy
    * Cochiti Indian Pueblo
    * Saint Bonaventure University, New York

Representation

    * cardinal‘s hat
    * ciborium
    * Holy Communion
    * cardinal in Franciscan robes, usually reading or writing



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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