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Mind's Road to God

by St. Bonaventure

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Many historians, theologians, and philosophers consider Bonaventure’s essay a masterpiece among the shorter works of medieval philosophy. It contains Bonaventure’s interpretation of a vision St. Francis of Assisi had. In the vision, St. Francis receives the wounds of Christ from a six-winged seraph. As Bonaventure saw it, the six wings symbolized six steps along the road to perfection and the divine. The steps or stages he details integrates the Neoplatonic hierarchy of being with Christian doctrine concerning God’s relationship with his creation.

Kathleen O’Bannon
CCEL Staff
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Born: 1217, Bagnoregio, Province of Viterbo, Latium, Papal States
Died: July 15, 1274, Lyon
Related topics: Bonaventure,--Saint, Cardinal,--ca. 1217-1274, Catholic Church, Early works, Francis,--of Assisi, Saint,--1182-1226, History
Basic information: Saint Bonaventure, O.F.M. , (Italian: San Bonaventura; 1221 – 15 July 1274), born John of Fidanza (Italian: Giovanni di Fidanza), was an Italian medieval scholastic theologian and philosopher. The seventh Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, he was also a Cardinal Bishop of Albano. He was canonized on 14 April 1482 by Pope Sixtus IV and declared a Doctor of the Church in the year 1588 by Pope Sixtus V. He is known as the "Seraphic Doctor".
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