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This week on July 15th, we celebrate the feast of St. Bonaventure, a great Franciscan scholar of theology and philosophy. He studied in Paris along with St. Thomas Aquinas, the Dominican. After teaching for a time, he was elected Minister General of the Franciscan Order. As the leader of the Order, Bonaventure was God’s instrument to bring all the brothers back to a deeper love of the way of St. Francis. He wrote a beautiful life of St. Francis and many other scholarly works of theology and Franciscan spirituality. Later he was named a cardinal and attended the Council of Lyon. Sadly, on July 15, 1274, the pope and the Fathers of the Council were shocked to learn that toward dawn, Friar Bonaventure had sickened and died. An unknown chronicler has given us this impression of this great 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 people. 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.”
Masses in honor of this great saint will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m. and Noon on July 15th. St. Bonaventure, pray for us!