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Today’s Readings – Saint Bonaventure

Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor (Memorial)

Bonaventure, the son of a medical doctor, was born in 1221 at Bagnoreggio, near Orvieto. He became a Franciscan in 1243. His intellectual gifts were soon recognized and he was sent to Paris to study under Alexander of Hales. In 1248 he received his licence to teach and in 1253 he became Master of the Franciscan school at Paris.

As a theologian he is regarded as being more in the line of St Augustine in contrast to his more Aristotelian contemporary, the Dominican Thomas Aquinas. He emphasised a more feeling approach than a purely rational one in speaking of divine mysteries. His main theological teaching is contained in his commentary on the Sententiae of Peter the Lombard. One point on which he differed … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Tuesday of week 15 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Isa 7:1-9
The reading seems to describe mainly a historical situation but there is a lesson which is brought out at the end.
The incident refers to what is known as the Syro-Ephraimite War which probably took place in the years 735-34 BC.  Razon was king o … Continue


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