Friday, July 15, 2011
St. Bonaventure's beautiful reading
This is the page on which Fr. Z. reads one of the most beautiful readings in the cycle of readings for Office of readings (how many times can I use the word 'readings' in one sentence?). My other favorite reading is the one from one of St. Bernard's homilies about the Annunciation, (the text can be found here.) But I always look forward to Bonaventure's day, just so I can read about Christ the Door...
Anyway, here are the first few lines of Bonaventure (full text here, thanks, Hermit Brother!):
"Christ is both the way and the door. Christ is the staircase and the vehicle, like the throne of mercy over the Ark of the Covenant, and the mystery hidden from the ages. A man should turn his full attention to this throne of mercy, and should gaze at him hanging on the cross, full of faith, hope and charity, devoted, full of wonder and joy, marked by gratitude, and open to praise and jubilation."
and it only gets better from there!
I love St. Bonaventure!