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Title: Francis and Bonaventure

Francis and Bonaventure
  • New forms of religious life

Francis of Assisi
  • Medieval conversion story (male)
  • Dramatic acts of renunciation
  • Story of reversal
  • Contrast medieval female story
  • Catherine of Siena married to Christ
  • Domestic service feeding, nursing
  • Continues and deepens feminine activities

Mendicant orders
  • New form of religious life
  • Mendicant begging
  • Dominicans also mendicants, devoted to preaching
  • Focus be out in the world, not in the monastery
  • Medieval evangelical counsels poverty,
    chastity, obedience
  • How are these evangelical (related to the
    gospel of Jesus)?
  • Not required of all Christians
  • But recommended to be perfect, as your Heavenly
    Father is perfect

Story of Francis
  • Themes
  • Favorite details
  • Inspiring?

Basilica of St. Francis, Assisi upper
church The renunciation of worldly goods Fresco
by Giotto
The Stigmata, Giotto, upper basilica
Development of Franciscans
  • Shortly after Francis life, they split
  • How to best follow Francis?
  • Extreme poverty?
  • Spiritual poverty and common goods?
  • Bonaventure
  • Minister of Franciscan order
  • Studied theology at University of Paris

Souls Journey into God
  • Image Seraph in form of crucified
  • Strong medieval devotion to the crucified Jesus
    can only know him in his suffering
  • Long tradition of spirituality as ascent to God
  • Six stages
  • Start with what you know (sense perception)
  • God is more present to me than I am to myself
  • Ascend to mystical union with God

Journey, cont.
  • Why does Bonaventure use the image of a journey?
  • Does this make sense, in light of human
  • First stage seeing vestiges of God in universe
  • whole visible world is mirror through which
    we may pass over to God (1.9)

  • Stage two see God in these vestiges
  • Cf. Jesuit ideal see God in all things
  • Cause and effect (motion 2.3)

For next time
  • How does Bonaventure think human beings should
    see themselves?
  • What is the difference between human nature as
    created, as affected by sin, and as reformed by
  • How does this affect the souls journey?
  • Who is God?
  • What does it mean that God is good?