St. Bonaventure of BagnoregioSt. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio

Baptized    Giovanni di Fidanza

b. 1221 -- d. 1274 A. D.

DOCTOR SERAPHICUS

FRIAR MINOR,
MASTER OF PARIS,
MINISTER GENERAL OF THE ORDER OF FRIARS MINOR,
CARDINAL BISHOP OF ALBANO,
FATHER OF THE COUNCIL OF LYONS,
DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

This page contains links to St. Bonaventure on the Internet, and is updated regularly.



Biographies      Articles      Writings      Art


 

Biographies

St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio, Doctor of the Church c/o CE

St. Bonaventure, by Archbishop Paschal Robinson, OFM

15 juli: H. Bonaventura, bisschop en kerkleraar (Nederlander)

San Bonaventura: il Dottore serafico e devoto, di Maurizio Schoepflin (italiano)

San Bonaventura a cura di Culturanuova.net con collegamenti (italiano, con imagini)

Bonaventura: Giovanni Fidanza:  la sua filosofia (italiano)

Giovanni Fidanza (Bonaventura di Bagnoregio), al cura di Diogene (italiano)

Bonaventura da Bagnoregio, al cura della Società Danti Alighieri (italiano)

Bonaventura da Bagnoregio, al cura di Diego Fusaro (italiano)

Bonaventura, Santo al cura di F. Diani (italiano, con immagine)

Bonaventura da Bagnoregio, al cura di Sapere.it (italiano)

La Vita di San Bonaventura, al cura della parrochia di San Lorenzo (italiano, con imagini)

La Vita di San Bonaventura, a cura della Parrocchia di San Bonaventura, Bagnoregio (VT), Italia (con immagine) — Nota dal Editore:  Quando stavo in pellegrinaggio l’anno scorso in Europa, ho fatto una visita alla tomba del Santo, dove ho preso una copia di questo foglio (riprodotto qui al “The Franciscan Archive” in modo elettronico).

The Life of St. Bonaventure: published by the Parish of St. Bonaventure, Bagnoregio, Italy (w. image)  — Editor’s Note:  When I was on pilgrimage last year in Europe, I picked up a copy of this flyer in Italian, when I visited the tomb of the Saint.  It is reproduced here in electronic form, in English translation.

 

Articles

The Triumph of the Catholic Intelligence: St. Bonaventure, St. Albert the Great, St. Thomas Aquinas, by Msgr. Philip Hughes

Saint Bonaventure: docteur de l'église catholique, (en Frances)

I doni dello Spirito in S.Bonaventura: di Francesco Bertoldi

Bonaventure’s Theory of Individuation, by Peter King (PDF), in Individuation and Scholasticism (SUNY 1994), 141–172

Cività di Bagnoregio: the birthplace of St. Bonaventure (illustrated)

Bagnoregio (VT), Italia: where St. Bonaventure’s Relics are conserved (Italiano)

Bonaventura da Bagnoregio nella Divina Commedia

La Filosofía de San Buenaventura: Las Ideas y La Ciencia Divina, Etienne Gilson (BEBF: Espanol)

Sanctuaire du Saint Bonaventure, Lyons, France, where the body of the Saint lay, until it was thrown in the Saone River, by the French Revolutionaries. (St. Bonaventure was buried in what is now the new Sacristy, to the left of the Sanctuary:  This church has some rare paitings, one depicting St. Bonaventure’s miraculous raising of a boy from the dead.

 

 

Writings

Below you will find links to Latin, English, French & Spanish editions of St. Bonaventure's Writings

Christus Unus Omnium Magister

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Commentaria in Quatuor Libros Sententiarum, from the Quaracchi Edition

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Commentarius in primum librum sententiarum Petri Lombardi, Brescia: 1490

(Latin: PDF c/o Gallica)

The Mind’s Road to God:  English translation of the 1938 Quaracchi Edition of St. Bonaventure’s Itinerarium mentis in Deum

(English: HTML) c/o the Crossroads Initiative.com

Itinerarium mentis in Deum

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De Mysterio Trinitatis, Q. 1, a. 1:  Se l'essere di Dio sia una verità indubitabile

(Italiano) a cura di culturanuova.net

De reductione artium ad theologiam

(Latin: c/o forumromanum.org)

De reductione artium ad theologiam

(Latin: c/o Babes-Bolai University, Ro.

Collationes de Septem Donis Spiritus Sancti

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Legenda minor

Legenda minor

(Latin: HTML c/o BSC)

(Latin: HTML c/o BEBF)

Legenda maior

Legenda maior

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Les Six Illuminations de cette Vie

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La Triple Vie

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Speculum disciplinae ad novicios, Paris: 1501

(Latin: PDF c/o Gallica)

Exempla sacre scripture, Paris: 1500

(Latin: PDF c/o Gallica)

De castitate et munditia sacerdotum, Paris: 1495?

(Latin: PDF c/o Gallica)

Opuscula ordinis minorum de observantia, Brescia: 1495

(Latin: PDF c/o Gallica)

Cuestiones disputadas acerca de la ciencia de Cristo

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Las cinco festividades del niño Jesús

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Prayer after Communion

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L'Arbre de Vie
Breviloquium
Louanges en l'Honneur de la Sainte Croix
Les Cinq Fêtes de l'Enfant Jésus
Les Sept Paroles de Jésus en Croix
Les Six Jours de la Création

Les Six Illuminations de cette Vie
Méditations sur la Vie de Jésus-Christ
Philomèle
La Triple Voie
Psautier de la Sainte Vierge
Salve Regina
Louanges de la Bienheureuse Vierge Marie
Le Petit Psautier de la Vierge
Les Vingt-Cinq Mémoriaux
Du Gouvernement de l'Ame
Degrés des Vertus
Du Combat Spirituel contre les Sept Péchés Capitaux
De la Préparation à la Sainte Messe
Explication des Cérémonies de la Sainte Messe
Conférence sur le Mépris du Monde
Exercices Spirituels
Le Bouquet du Chrétien
Les Bouquets de la Passion
Des Six Ailes des Séraphins
Soliloque
Des Sept Chemins de l'Eternité
Des Sept Degrés de la Contemplation
Des Sept Chemins de l'Eternité
Incendie de l'Amour
L'Aiguillon de l'Amour Divin
Le Livre de l'Amour
Légende de Saint François
Exposition de la Règle des Frères Mineurs
Réponses à Diverses Questions touchant la Règle de Saint François
Alphabet des Religieux
Conférences
Le Miroir de la Discipline
De l'Avancement Spirituel des Religieux
De l'Institution des Novices
Règle des Novices
Des Conseils Evangéliques
De la Perfection de la Vie

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Oeuvres Spirituelles du Saint Bonaventure, traduites par M. L’Abbé Berthaumier

(Français: HTML  c/o Abbay Saint Benoit (CH))

 

The 12 Works of Charity, which Your Guardian Angel wants to do for you. (English: PDF), extracted from Bonaventure’s Commentaria.

 

 

Christ the One Teacher of All
by St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio, Doctor of the Church

Translated from the Quaracchi Edition of the Opera Omnia S. Bonaventurae Vol. V, 1891, pp. 567-574, with original notes.

Latin & English Text: HTML (2005 Edition) published by The Franciscan Archive

 

Collationes de Septem Donis S. Sancti
by St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio, Doctor of the Church

            These 7 conferences on the gifts of the Holy Spirit are a succinct exposition of the Seraphic Doctor's teaching on grace. Long used as a handbook on the theology of grace in the Order of Friars Minor, it has had a profound influence on the theology of all Franciscans during the last 800 years.

Complete Texts in  Latin (BEBF) / Français (JesusMarie.com)

New English Translation : Published by the Franciscan Archive

First Conference in Latin & English (67 k) : HTML -- A Preliminary Tract on Grace according to its rise, use and fruit
Second Conference in Latin & English (82k): HTML -- On the Gift of the Fear of God
Third Conference in Latin & English (70k): HTML -- On the Gift of Piety
Fourth Conference in Latin & English (78k): HTML -- On the Gift of Knowledge
Fifth Conference in Latin & English (52k): HTML -- On the Gift of Fortitude
Sixth Conference in Latin & English (78k): HTML -- On the Fortitude of the Blessed Virgin
Seventh Conference in Latin & English (65k): HTML -- On the Gift of Counsel
Eighth Conference in Latin & English (65k): HTML -- On the Gift of Understanding
Ninth Conference in Latin & English (78k): HTML -- On the Gift of Wisdom

This English translation is literal and systematic, and like the translations of the Itinerarium Mentis in Deum, above, it aims to preserve the original metaphors employed by the Saint. The Latin text is taken from the edition at BEBF, and is ostensibly that of the Quaracchi edition; though a few typographic mistakes were discovered and corrected.

 

COMMENTARIA IN QUATUOR LIBROS SENTENTIARUM

The Quaracchi Edition and The Franciscan Archive’s Translation now have their own page

 

Sententiarum libri quattuor / cum commentario et quaestionibus B.Bonaventurae, additis articulis Parisiensibus necnon tabula Johannis Beckenhaub. -- Ed. facsímil. — Ed. original: Friburgi, Kilianus Fischer, [n.a. 2 mayo, 1493].

 

Images of the pages of Vol. 2 of St. Bonaventure’s Commentary, w. text of Peter Lombard, c/o University of Seville, Spain.

 

Itinerarium Mentis in Deum
OR The Vision of the Poverello in the Desert of Mt. Alverna
by St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio, Doctor of the Church

St. Bonaventure wrote this work as a concise exposition of spiritual-theology for use of the friars of his order. Often it is wrongly considered to be simply a treatise on epistemology; nevertheless it does offer a profoundly catholic corrective to the method of critique, which has so derogated the philosophies of knowledge since the days of Rene Descartes.

English / Latin (BEBF) / Español (BEBF) / Français  (JesusMarie.com)

The Mind’s Road to God:  English translation of the 1938 Quaracchi Edition

Itinerario della mente a Dio, qualche brami del tesso di S. Bonaventura (Italiano)

Itinerario della mente a Dio: brami del tesso di S. Bonaventura (Italiano)


COMPLETELY REVISED (2005) English Translation with parallel Latin Text:
published by the Franciscan Archive

This translation is systematic and literal; with a particular emphasis on preserving the metaphors used by the Saint in their original signification

Entire English & Latin Texts: HTML (462k)

 

 Cuestiones disputadas acerca de la ciencia de Cristo: by St. Bonaventure (in Español c/o BEBF)

This work of the Seraphic Doctor discusses the extent and quality of knowledge in the human mind of the God-man

 

The Five Feasts of the Child Jesus
by St. Bonaventure

This admirable work of the Seraphic Doctor discusses growth in the spiritual life, and reveals the wonderful devotion this Saint had for the Child Jesus, is currently available on the Web in French and Spanish.

Les Cinq Fêtes de l'enfant Jésus  (Français : c/o JesusMarie.com)

Las cinco festividades del niño Jesús :  traduccíon de Carlos Martínez, OFM (Español c/o BEBF)

 

                        Prayer after Communion, by St. Bonaventure

Still in use today, this is an ardent prayer for union with Christ.

Art

In addition to the images in the Biographies and Articles linked at the top of this page there is:

HERRERA, Francisco de, the Elder

St Bonaventure Enters the Franciscan Order:  1628 —Oil on canvas, 231 x 215 cm (Museo del Prado, Madrid)

SOLIMENA, Francesco

St Bonaventura Receiving the Banner of St Sepulchre from the Madonna: 1710  —  Oil on canvas, 240 x 130 cm (Cathedral, Aversa: Caserta, Italia)

ZURBARÁN, Francisco de


The Lying-in-State of St. Bonaventura1629  —  Oil on canvas 250 x 225 cm (Musée du Louvre, Paris)

 


 

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