July 15 – Saint Bonaventure


listenHoly Spirit, Saint Bonaventure was one of the greatest thinkers of the Middle Ages, exceptionally gifted in his soul, mind, and personality.  I ask him to pray for me to make the most of my talents, my intelligence, and my spirituality.  Help me, O Lord, to take none of these for granted but to strive to put them to the best possible use and to become all that You created me to be.  Show me what You have given to me, and make me uncomfortable when using my gifts for any purpose other than to serve You.  Bless and purify my imagination, my dreams, my goals, and my understanding.  Saint Bonaventure, pray for me.  Amen.

Quotes for Today

Saint Bonaventure (1221-1274)

quoteIf we are on fire with longing for our heavenly home in our hearts, we will have no difficulty in enduring exterior cold.”

quoteIn all your actions, in all your words, whether you walk or eat, whether you speak or keep silent, whether alone or in company, lift your eyes to Him as your model. By this you will inflame your love you will increase your confidence in Him, you will enter into a holy familiarity of Him, and you will become perfect in every kind of virtue.”

Saint Jacob of Sarug (449-521)
Feast Day July 15

quoteSatan is distressed by these voices of holiness…. In that hour when the bride cries out, ‘Forgive me my debts’ he knows that the Bridegroom, the King, is full of mercy, and that He hears her, and He forgives her.”


The prayer above is from Terry Modica’s book Daily Prayers with the Saints.

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