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The Sunday Sermons of St. Bonaventure

Introduction, Translation and Notes by Timothy J. Johnson

Publication Year: 2008

The twelfth volume of the BTTS Series provides the careful reader with rich meditation through the liturgical year as well as new insights into the spiritual and apostolic formation of Bonaventure’s Franciscan confreres.

Published by: Franciscan Institute Publications

Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. 5-6

Abbreviations and Short Titles

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pp. 7-10

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Introduction to the Sunday Sermons of Saint Bonaventure

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pp. 11-58

In his wide-ranging, engaging, and eminently readable chronicle, Salimbene de Adam notes that Bonaventure’s secretary, Brother Mark of Montefeltro, did not hesitate to chide and challenge...

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Sermon 1: On Advent

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pp. 59-68

[Protheme] There is a time and opportunity for each affair, Wisdom 8:6. It is fitting that anyone who is wise, as a rational substance, consider action as power prompting an effect by strength...

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Sermon 2: First Sunday of Advent

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pp. 69-79

[Protheme] The little fountain grew into a river, and was turned into a light, and into the sun. Esther 10:6. The proposed words in this passage from Esther describe rather well the qualities of the tradesman...

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Sermon 3: Second Sunday of Advent

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pp. 80-90

[Protheme] Who will be able to behold the thunder of his greatness? Job 26:14. These words of the second passage from the twenty-sixth chapter of Job concern the formidable sacrament of the Lord’s incarnation...

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Sermon 4: Third Sunday of Advent

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pp. 91-99

[Protheme] While Peter was speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came upon those who were listening, etc. Acts 10:44. These last words proposed here describe three noteworthy things pertaining...

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Sermon 5: Fourth Sunday of Advent

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pp. 100-107

Protheme] Master, we have worked through the night and have taken nothing; but at your word I will lower the net. Luke 5:5. If the net is the sermon by which people are taken like fish in a net...

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Sermon 6: Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity

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pp. 108-119

[Protheme] The prophet Elijah arose like a blazing fire. Sirach 48:1. The passage proposed from Sirach brilliantly expresses the qualities proper to one who preaches the divine word. First, he must...

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Sermon 7: Sunday within the Octave of Epiphany

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pp. 120-129

[Protheme] Without me you can do nothing. John 15:5. The words proposed in the second verse are the words of divine truth that speak in the Gospel of John to those who are solicitous in the careful...

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Sermon 8: Second Sunday after Epiphany

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pp. 130-138

[Protheme] Without the light of divine wisdom we are unable to say anything edifying by ourselves since, no one, as the Apostle says in 1 Corinthians 12:3, is able to say Jesus is Lord except...

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Sermon 9: Third Sunday after Epiphany

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pp. 139-147

[Protheme] The little ones asked for bread, and there was no one to break it for them. Lamentations 4:4. Due to the first transgression, the human person is miserable and weeps continually...

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Sermon 10: Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

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pp. 148-155

Protheme] Seeing that the Apostle says in Romans 1:16: The Gospel is the power of God to save all who believe, and since the word of God is intended for the ordered salvation of our...

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Sermon 11: Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

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pp. 156-164

[Protheme] The prophet Elijah stood up like a burning fire, and his word burned like a torch. Sirach 48:1. This passage that is read from Sirach 48 concerns the prophet Elijah, who fiercely asserts...

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Sermon 12: The Third Sunday before Lent

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pp. 165-173

[Protheme] You who are seated above the Cherubim, shine forth before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh. These words proposed for the second passage, which are read in...

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Sermon 13: Second Sunday before Lent

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pp. 174-184

[Protheme] Give an occasion to the wise, and he will become even wiser. Proverbs 9:9. In the words proposed from Proverbs, three things are described that are necessary for whoever wishes...

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Sermon 14: First Sunday before Lent

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pp. 185-194

[Protheme] Hear me for I will speak of great things. Proverbs 8:6. In this second verse selected from the Book of Proverbs, divine wisdom expresses three things, which are necessary...

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Sermon 15: The First Sunday in Lent

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pp. 195-206

[Protheme] If any of you are wanting in wisdom, let that one ask it of God who gives abundantly to everyone, and does not reproach. James 1:5. Any preacher at the beginning of his sermon...

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Sermon 16: The Second Sunday in Lent

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pp. 207-219

[Protheme] Teach me goodness, discipline and knowledge. Psalm 18:6. According to the second proposed verse taken from the psalms, what is required for a preacher is understood...

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Sermon 17: The Third Sunday in Lent

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pp. 220-227

[Protheme] The lips of the priest will keep knowledge; they will seek the law from his mouth, because he is the angel of the Lord of hosts. Malachi 2:7. In the second proposed passage...

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Sermon 18: The Fourth Sunday of Lent

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pp. 228-237

[Protheme] The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to preach to the meek, etc. In the proposed second verse taken from Isaiah 61:1 what is expected...

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Sermon 19: Passion Sunday

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pp. 238-245

[Sermon] 1. Whoever keeps my word will never taste eternal death. John 8:52. A good gardener is duty bound to uproot a tree that does not produce fruit and throw it out of the garden...

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Sermon 20: Palm Sunday

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pp. 246-255

[Sermon] 1. Go forth and see, daughter of Zion, King Solomon in the diadem with which his mother crowned him. Song of Songs 3:11. Blessed Augustine in The City of God says: “Those things said of Solomon...

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Sermon 21: Resurrection Sunday

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pp. 256-268

[Protheme] Lord God, be merciful I beseech you, who will raise up Jacob, for he is so small. Amos 7:2. The words proposed for us in the second verse are read from Chapter Seven of Amos...

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Sermon 22: Sunday in the Octave of Easter

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pp. 269-277

[Sermon] 1. The disciples rejoiced on seeing the Lord. John 20:20. As the absence of a person brings great desolation, so also the return of the person brings great comfort; hence here the apostles...

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Sermon 23: Second Sunday after Easter

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pp. 278-286

[Sermon] 1. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. John 10:11. Our Lord Jesus Christ, the shepherd of the triumphant and militant Church, like any good...

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Sermon 24: Third Sunday after Easter

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pp. 287-294

[Sermon] 1. The world will rejoice however; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. John 16:20. Since “opposites placed next to each other stand out more...

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Sermon 25: The Fourth Sunday after Easter

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pp. 295-301

[Sermon] 1. When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will teach you all the truth. John 16:13. Our Lord Jesus Christ, seeing that his disciples were desolate because of his physical departure...

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Sermon 26: Fifth Sunday after Easter

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pp. 302-309

[Sermon] 1. Ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:24. Although divine goodness is of such generosity and diffusion, that it even invites others to receive each of its precious...

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Sermon 27: On Pentecost

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pp. 310-319

[Protheme] It is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father, who speaks in you. Matthew 10:20. The words proposed in the second selection are taken from the Gospel of Matthew and are the words...

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Sermon 28: First Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 320-326

[Sermon] 1. Be merciful as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36. Our Lord Jesus Christ, seeing that mercy and charity were growing cold while malice and carnality were increasing, wanted to direct...

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Sermon 29: Second Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 327-336

[Sermon] 1. A certain man made a great supper and invited many. Luke 14:16. Under the veil of these words is mystically signified and enfolded the celestial glory, which the Lord will offer...

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Sermon 30: Third Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 337-347

[Sermon] 1. There will be joy among the angels of God over one sinner who does penance. Luke 15:10. Since charity consists in rejoicing in the good of another, here in this proposed verse...

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Sermon 31: Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 348-355

[Sermon] 1. Leaving all things, they followed him. Luke 5:11. Since the doctrine of Christ assumed a beginning from the highest poverty, and the primary foundation of evangelical perfection...

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Sermon 32: Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 356-364

[Sermon] 1. Everyone who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment. Matthew 5:22. Our Lord Jesus Christ, wanting to draw the human race away from the fury of anger that disturbs...

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Sermon 33: Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 365-372

[Sermon] 1. There was a crowd with Jesus and they had nothing to eat. He called his disciples together and said to them, I have compassion on the crowd, for behold, they have now been with me three days, and have nothing...

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Sermon 34: Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 373-381

[Sermon] 1. Every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. Matthew 7:19. Our Lord Jesus Christ, wanting to draw the coarse and irrational Jewish people away from evil...

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Sermon 35: Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 382-390

[Sermon] 1. His Lord called him and said to him: What is this that I hear of you? Make an accounting of your stewardship. Luke 16:2. Our Lord, just judge of the living and the dead, so as to punish...

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Sermon 36: Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 391-400

[Sermon] 1. My house will be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves. Luke 19:46. Our Lord, the supreme pontiff of the universal Church, today saw that the house...

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Sermon 37: Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 401-407

[Sermon] 1. He who humbles himself shall be exalted. Luke 18:14. Within this verse, which is the infallible rule of divine justice, is contained a summa for the entire salvation of humanity...

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Sermon 38: Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 408-417

[Sermon] 1. The bond of his tongue was loosened, and he began to speak correctly. Mark 7:35. Since according to the Saints, what was once done by our Lord in the body is continually...

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Sermon 39: Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 418-429

Sermon] 1. A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell in among robbers, who stripped him. Luke 10:30. Since coarse and sensual people are more easily led to the knowledge...

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Sermon 40: Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 430-438

[Sermon] 1. They stood afar off and lifted up their voice, crying Jesus, master, have pity on us. Luke: 17:12- 13. Since rulers and judges are accustomed to turn down indiscretely formulated...

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Sermon 41: Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 439-448

[Sermon] 1. Seek first then the kingdom of God and his justice. Matthew 6:33. “Since in comparison to supernatural realities, all those on earth are worthless to the...

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Sermon 42: Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 449-457

[Sermon] 1. And he who was dead, sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother. But fear seized upon all, and they began to magnify God. Luke 7:15-16. Our compassionate...

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Sermon 43: Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 458-467

[Sermon] 1. And he took and healed him and let him go. Luke 14:4. Since in the judgment and reflections of the Pharisees, one was allowed on the Sabbath day to pull out an ox or a donkey that had fallen...

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Sermon 44: Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 468-477

[Protheme] It is clear like the light of noon; and like the cloud of dew in the day of harvest. The words read in the second verse proposed from Isaiah 18:4 are those in which the bestowal...

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Sermon 45: Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 478-486

[Sermon] 1. Rise up, take your bed, and go to your house. Matthew 9:6. Since according to the Philosopher, “Powers are distinguished or known through acts or...

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Sermon 46: Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 487-494

[Sermon] 1. But when the king heard of it, he was angry; and he sent his armies, and destroyed those murderers. Matthew 22:7. Since it attests to the goodness of the judge that he rushes...

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Sermon 47: Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 495-503

[Protheme] You, who are seated upon the Cherubim, shine forth before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Dearly beloved, the words in this second proposed verse are from David himself...

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Sermon 48: Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 504-512

[Protheme] Behold my servant will understand, and that one shall be exalted and raised on high. Isaiah 52:13. In the proposed words from the second verse taken from Isaiah, three things are described...

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Sermon 49: Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 513-523

[Protheme] Your discipline itself will teach me. Psalm 17:36. Since the interior person is customarily corrupted by the attraction of the affections in respect to the concupiscent power...

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Sermon 50: Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

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pp. 524-533

[Protheme] How beautiful are your steps in sandals, daughter of the prince. The Song of Songs 7:1. The excellence of every religious soul is brought forth and conserved by the beauty of honesty...

Indices

Scripture Index

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pp. 537-552

Ecclesiastical Writers

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pp. 553-562

Philosophers

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pp. 563-564

Themes

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pp. 565-583


E-ISBN-13: 9781576593288
E-ISBN-10: 1576593282
Print-ISBN-13: 9781576591451
Print-ISBN-10: 157659145X

Page Count: 584
Publication Year: 2008

Edition: First
Volume Title: Volume 12
Series Title: Works of St. Bonaventure
Series Editor Byline: Robert J. Karris, O.F.M.

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