The Sunday Sermons of St. Bonaventure
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: Franciscan Institute Publications
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Introduction to the Sunday Sermons of Saint Bonaventure
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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...
Sermon 1: On Advent
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[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...
Sermon 2: First Sunday of Advent
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[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...
Sermon 3: Second Sunday of Advent
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[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...
Sermon 4: Third Sunday of Advent
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[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...
Sermon 5: Fourth Sunday of Advent
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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...
Sermon 6: Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity
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[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...
Sermon 7: Sunday within the Octave of Epiphany
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[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...
Sermon 8: Second Sunday after Epiphany
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[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...
Sermon 9: Third Sunday after Epiphany
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[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...
Sermon 10: Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
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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...
Sermon 11: Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
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[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...
Sermon 12: The Third Sunday before Lent
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[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...
Sermon 13: Second Sunday before Lent
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[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...
Sermon 14: First Sunday before Lent
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[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...
Sermon 15: The First Sunday in Lent
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[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...
Sermon 16: The Second Sunday in Lent
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[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...
Sermon 17: The Third Sunday in Lent
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[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...
Sermon 18: The Fourth Sunday of Lent
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[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...
Sermon 19: Passion Sunday
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[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...
Sermon 20: Palm Sunday
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[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...
Sermon 21: Resurrection Sunday
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[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...
Sermon 22: Sunday in the Octave of Easter
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[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...
Sermon 23: Second Sunday after Easter
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[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...
Sermon 24: Third Sunday after Easter
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[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...
Sermon 25: The Fourth Sunday after Easter
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[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...
Sermon 26: Fifth Sunday after Easter
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[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...
Sermon 27: On Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 28: First Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 29: Second Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 30: Third Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 31: Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 32: Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 33: Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 34: Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 35: Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 36: Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 37: Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 38: Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 39: Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
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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...
Sermon 40: Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 41: Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 42: Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 43: Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 44: Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 45: Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 46: Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 47: Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 48: Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 49: Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Sermon 50: Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
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[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...
Page Count: 584
Publication Year: 2008
Volume Title: Volume 12