St. Bonaventure's Life of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

Saint BONAVENTURE (1221 - 1274)

Seeing himself as "unequal to so great a task", St. Bonaventure nevertheless endeavored to introduce his readers to the practice of "the most beneficial of all devout exercises, and that which is most capable of leading [them] to the summit of Christian perfection": the contemplation of the life of Our Lord. By "frequent and habitual meditations on that divine subject" even "very illiterate persons" have been raised to such "familiarity, confidence, and love of him" that they have become "profoundly versed in the most sublime mysteries of God". What better way "to arm our breast against the flattering, yet fleeting vanities of the world; to render us steady amidst tribulations and adversities; and finally, to preserve us from vice, and facilitate the possession of every virtue"? He addresses his reader in "plain and unpolished" language, "that you may the more easily comprehend the matter here treated, and study rather to improve your mind and heart than flatter your ears." "I hope still more, that if you are but diligent in the exercise of this devout study, that the Lord, whose life is here treated of, will become your master and instructor." - Summary by ekortright

Genre(s): Christianity - Commentary, Christianity - Biographies

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 St. Bonaventure's Preface Eduardo
00:12:02
Play 01 Chapter I. The Angels intercede for Man's redemption Eduardo
00:14:25
Play 02 Chapter II. The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and her seven petitions to God Eduardo
00:10:27
Play 03 Chapter III. The Incarnation of Christ, and the angelical salutation of the Blessed Virgin Eduardo
00:17:58
Play 04 Chapter IV. Our blessed Lady visits her cousin St. Elizabeth, in whose house the Magnificat and Benedictus were composed Eduardo
00:09:46
Play 05 Chapter V. St. Joseph thinks of dismissing the Blessed Virgin, and God suffers his beloved to be afflicted Eduardo
00:09:16
Play 06 Chapter VI. The Nativity of Jesus Christ Eduardo
00:24:50
Play 07 Chapter VII. The Circumcision of our Lord Jesus Christ Eduardo
00:10:53
Play 08 Chapter VIII. The Epiphany, or manifestation of our Lord Jesus Eduardo
00:16:19
Play 09 Chapter IX. The Blessed Virgin remains at the crib at Bethlehem, till the full term of forty days is expired Eduardo
00:04:22
Play 10 Chapter X. The Purification of our blessed Lady, or Candlemas-day Eduardo
00:10:11
Play 11 Chapter XI. Christ's flight into Egypt Eduardo
00:26:31
Play 12 Chapter XII. Our Lord's return from Egypt Eduardo
00:11:58
Play 13 Chapter XIII. Our Lord remains at Jerusalem Eduardo
00:12:02
Play 14 Chapter XIV. Our Lord's life from his twelfth to his thirtieth year Eduardo
00:21:47
Play 15 Chapter XV. The Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ Eduardo
00:34:07
Play 16 Chapter XVI. The fast and temptation of Christ; his return to his mother; the four means to attain to a perfect purity of heart; the great advantages of prayer; the resistance to be made to gluttony; why, and for whom God works his miracles Eduardo
00:20:35
Play 17 Chapter XVII. Christ opens the book in the synagogue Eduardo
00:05:38
Play 18 Chapter XVIII. He calls his disciples Eduardo
00:03:55
Play 19 Chapter XIX. The conversion of water into wine at the marriage-feast Eduardo
00:13:37
Play 20 Chapter XX. The sermon of our Lord on the mount, which he begins by poverty Eduardo
00:08:37
Play 21 Chapter XXI. The servant of the centurion and the son of the prince cured Eduardo
00:02:26
Play 22 Chapter XXII. The paralytic brought in to our Lord by the house-top and cured Eduardo
00:03:26
Play 23 Chapter XXIII. Our Lord cures Simon's mother-in-law Eduardo
00:01:49
Play 24 Chapter XXIV. Our Lord sleeps in the boat Eduardo
00:01:53
Play 25 Chapter XXV. The widow's son raised by our Lord Eduardo
00:01:17
Play 26 Chapter XXVI. Our Lord raises a girl from the dead, and cures Martha Eduardo
00:03:42
Play 27 Chapter XXVII. The conversion of Magdalen, and other things Eduardo
00:11:46
Play 28 Chapter XXVIII. John sends his disciples to Jesus Eduardo
00:02:42
Play 29 Chapter XXIX. The death of St. John the Baptist Eduardo
00:09:19
Play 30 Chapter XXX. The conference our Lord had with the Samaritan woman, as he sat, being faint and wearied, by the side of the well to rest himself Eduardo
00:05:56
Play 31 Chapter XXXI. The disciples of our Lord pluck ears of corn and eat them, through hunger, on the Sabbath Eduardo
00:12:15
Play 32 Chapter XXXII. The Jews having driven our Lord Jesus out of the city to the top of a steep mountain, endeavor to throw him down thence Eduardo
00:01:45
Play 33 Chapter XXXIII. The man with a withered hand cured by our Lord Jesus Eduardo
00:02:59
Play 34 Chapter XXXIV. The multiplication of the loaves, and how our Lord provides for those who truly love him Eduardo
00:07:05
Play 35 Chapter XXXV. Our Lord's flight when they would have made him king; and against worldly honors in general Eduardo
00:22:44
Play 36 Chapter XXXVI. Our Lord prays on the mount; and descending walks on the waters; some reflections on prayer Eduardo
00:33:29
Play 37 Chapter XXXVII. Christ relieves the daughter of the woman of Canaan who was possessed with the devil; our guardian angels faithfully assist us Eduardo
00:06:40
Play 38 Chapter XXXVIII. The Pharisees and others scandalized at the words of our Lord Eduardo
00:03:01
Play 39 Chapter XXXIX. The reward promised by our Lord to those who forsake all for him Eduardo
00:07:17
Play 40 Chapter XL. Our Lord Jesus asks his disciples what the Jews say of him Eduardo
00:02:20
Play 41 Chapter XLI. The glorious transfiguration of our Lord Jesus on Mount Tabor Eduardo
00:04:50
Play 42 Chapter XLII. Our Lord casts the buyers and sellers out of the temple Eduardo
00:02:38
Play 43 Chapter XLIII. The sick man who was healed at the water in Jerusalem, called Probatica Piscina Eduardo
00:07:37
Play 44 Chapter XLIV. Our Lord Jesus received by the two sisters, Mary and Martha; and of the two sorts of lives signified thereby Eduardo
00:06:23
Play 45 Chapter XLV. Our Lord warns the Jews that the church shall devolve on the Gentiles, in the parable of the husbandmen who killed the son of their Lord Eduardo
00:02:49
Play 46 Chapter XLVI. The Jews seek to ensnare our Lord by his own words Eduardo
00:02:25
Play 47 Chapter XLVII. The blind man restored to sight at Jericho; etc. Eduardo
00:05:25
Play 48 Chapter XLVIII. Our Lord goes into the house of Zacheus Eduardo
00:02:45
Play 49 Chapter XLIX. Christ gives sight to the man born blind Eduardo
00:02:53
Play 50 Chapter L. Our Lord retreats from the temple to hide himself, when the Jews would have stoned him Eduardo
00:01:44
Play 51 Chapter LI. The Jews seek a second time to stone him Eduardo
00:02:33
Play 52 Chapter LII. The raising of Lazarus Eduardo
00:05:37
Play 53 Chapter LIII. Christ curses the fig-tree Eduardo
00:01:43
Play 54 Chapter LIV. The woman detected in adultery Eduardo
00:02:41
Play 55 Chapter LV. The conspiracy of the Jews against Christ, and his flight into the city of Ephraim Eduardo
00:03:08
Play 56 Chapter LVI. Our Lord's return to Bethania, where Mary Magdalen anoints his feet Eduardo
00:05:30
Play 57 Chapter LVII. Our Lord Jesus comes to Jerusalem en Palm Sunday riding on an ass Eduardo
00:08:22
Play 58 Chapter LVIII. What our Lord Jesus did from Palm Sunday to the following Thursday Eduardo
00:07:23
Play 59 Chapter LIX. Our Lord's supper the night before his passion, and circumstances relating to it Eduardo
00:24:05
Play 60 Chapter LX. The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, and his prayer in the garden Eduardo
00:14:55
Play 61 Chapter LXI. Our Lord Jesus betrayed by Judas Eduardo
00:08:57
Play 62 Chapter LXII. Our blessed Lord is carried before Pilate, scourged at the pillar, and crowned with thorns Eduardo
00:11:07
Play 63 Chapter LXIII. Our Lord is condemned to suffer a cruel death on the cross, and compelled to carry the same to Mount Calvary Eduardo
00:09:38
Play 64 Chapter LXIV. Our Lord Jesus Christ is nailed to the cross Eduardo
00:06:08
Play 65 Chapter LXV. The words which our Lord spoke while hanging upon the cross: he yields up his spirit Eduardo
00:06:43
Play 66 Chapter LXVI. The opening of our blessed Saviour's side with a spear Eduardo
00:07:03
Play 67 Chapter LXVII. The descent of our Lord from the cross Eduardo
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Play 68 Chapter LXVIII. The embalming and burial of our Lord's body Eduardo
00:09:36
Play 69 Chapter LXIX. Our blessed Lady's departure from the sepulchre, and return to Mount Sion Eduardo
00:07:58
Play 70 Chapter LXX. A meditation on our blessed Lady's conversation with her devout companions Eduardo
00:07:39
Play 71 Chapter LXXI. Our Lord Jesus descends into the Limbo of the Fathers Eduardo
00:28:03
Play 72 Chapter LXXII. The glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus, and his appearance first to his mother Eduardo
00:05:02
Play 73 Chapter LXXIII. The coming of the three Marys to the sepulchre, etc. Eduardo
00:02:00
Play 74 Chapter LXXIV. Our Lord's appearance to the holy women Eduardo
00:05:51
Play 75 Chapter LXXV. Our Lord's appearance to Joseph, to James the less, and to Peter Eduardo
00:03:45
Play 76 Chapter LXXVI. Christ returns to the holy Fathers after his resurrection Eduardo
00:03:13
Play 77 Chapter LXXVII. Christ appears to the two disciples going to Emmaus Eduardo
00:03:03
Play 78 Chapter LXXVIII. Our Lord appears to the disciples who were shut up on the day of the resurrection Eduardo
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Play 79 Chapter LXXIX. Our Lord appears to the disciples on the octave of Easter, when St. Thomas was with them Eduardo
00:04:34
Play 80 Chapter LXXX. Our Lord appears to his disciples in Galilee Eduardo
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Play 81 Chapter LXXXI. He appears to them again near the sea of Tiberias Eduardo
00:04:41
Play 82 Chapter LXXXII. Our Lord appears to more than five hundred disciples together; some remarks relating to his apparitions in general Eduardo
00:04:30
Play 83 Chapter LXXXIII. The glorious ascension of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Eduardo
00:24:44
Play 84 Chapter LXXXIV. The coming of the Holy Ghost Eduardo
00:04:40
Play 85 Appendix. Rhythmical Prayer to the Sacred Members of Jesus hanging upon the Cross. By St. Bernard Eduardo
00:43:00