Sunday, July 15, 2007

Mary and the Holy Trinity

Never doubt that the Blessed Mother and Virgin Mary chose to deliver her Son for the salvation of mankind with a strong heart and constant determination, so as to be the Mother in total conformity with the Father. Inasmuch, her approval of her only Son’s sacrifice for the salvation of mankind is what makes her praiseworthy and merits to be cherished. However, she sympathized to such a point that she would have readily (had that been possible) taken on all the torments that her Son endured.

Verily, she was strong and tender, sweet and rigorous all at the same time. Miserly for herself, generous for us! She therefore deserves to be loved and revered over all things, after the Holy Trinity - the Father, the Holy Spirit and her very holy Child Our Lord Jesus-Christ - whose divine mystery no language can manage to explain…

Saint Bonaventure (1221-1274)

And speaking of the Holy Trinity, I came across this great website.

And this one

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Saint Bonaventure



He was born in 1217 with the baptismal name, John.

His admiration for the saint led him to join the Franciscans. He changed his name to Bonaventure upon entering the Order of Friars Minor in 1238. He continued his studies at the University of Paris with the founder of the Franciscan School.

In 1257, he was elected Minister General of the Friars Minor. Bonaventure was requested to write a "legend" of St. Francis, which became the saint's official biography. The study of Saint Francis deepened his own mystic life, as expressed in his writing "Journey of the Mind to God."

The degree of Doctor of the Church was bestowed on him and Thomas Aquinas in 1267. Six years later, he was created Cardinal-Bishop of Albano by Gregory X.

He died on July 15, 1274.

Bonaventure was canonized in 1482 by Pope Sixtus IV.

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