Saint Bonaventure Knew Our Lady: Wednesday, July 15, 2015

J.M.J. Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor (circa 1218-1274), whom we commemorate in the Sacred Liturgy today, left behind the Mirror of the Blessed Virgin Mary for our reflection. Here is only the smallest of snippets from this great Franciscan philosopher and theologian.

"Hail Mary, full of grace. It has been shown above, how Mary, because of the pure innocence of her life, is rightly saluted by the Ave. We have now to show how, by the abundance of her grace, she deserves the salutation 'full of grace.' Consider, dearly beloved, this grace, the grace of Mary, this utility of the grace of Mary. For the grace of Mary is a most true grace, a admirable grace. Consider the truth, the immensity, the multiplicity, the most immense grace, a most manifold grace, and a most useful grace."

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