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Bonaventure. Session 5. + In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Side 1 -- O infinite Trinity, We sing of your glory in this prayer

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Bonaventure

Session 5


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In the name of the Father

and of the Son

and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen


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Side 1 -- O infinite Trinity,

We sing of your glory in this prayer

Because of Jesus, your beloved Son, you have raised us to be your own daughters and sons, And in our hearts, you have made your dwelling

All: Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen


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Side 2 -- Eternal beyond time,

The fountain of life that never dies,

All creation comes form you and also returns

In a never-ending stream of love.

All: Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen


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All -- We give our praise to you,

O most sweet and blessed Trinity

Who always flows forth and always flows back

In the calm sea of your own overflowing and dynamic love.

ALL: Through Christ in the unity of the Holy Spirit all glory and honor are yours, Almighty Father. Amen


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Wisdom 13:1-3

For all men who were ignorant of God were foolish by nature; and they were unable from the good things that are seen to know him who exists, nor did they recognize the craftsman while paying heed to his works;

2 but they supposed that either fire or wind or swift air, or the circle of the stars, or turbulent water, or the luminaries of heaven were the gods that rule the world.

3 If through delight in the beauty of these things men assumed them to be gods, let them know how much better than these is their Lord, for the author of beauty created them.

The Revised Standard Version. 1971 (Wis 13:1-3). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.


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Trinitarian prayer

Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever.

Through Christ in the unity of the Holy Spirit all glory and honor are yours, Almighty Father


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BonaventureThe second founder of the Order

  • The Trinity [from the Cappadocians]

  • Begins with person not substance

  • Identifies the Trinity on the basis of

    inter-Trinitarian [interpersonal] relationships


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The Father

  • supreme goodness

  • Unbegotten source

  • Total giving-ness – generativity/fecundity

  • 2 modes of emanation

    • Intellect – Beloved Son

    • Will – Spirit = freedom’s choice to Love


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Will of God – Holy Spirit

  • Spirated from both Father & Son

  • Total receptivity

  • Receptive not productive

  • Mutual bond between Father

    & Son

  • The expression of God’s will

  • LOVE

    • choice made in absolute

      freedom


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IntellectBeloved Son

  • Both receives and produces [spiration]

  • Dynamic center

  • Exemplar - makes visible the ideas, thoughts, actions [mind] of the Father

  • “. . if you see me, you see the Father”

Eternal Word

  • Begotten

  • Perfect receiver and reflector of God

  • All God is expressed in the Son

  • Jesus unites the coincidence of opposites


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Trinity

• humility, poverty, giving-ness is an essential aspect of God's nature of Love - [self-communication and expression]

  • Fountain fullness – constantly outpouring, overflowing

  • Fullness & emptiness

“bonum sui diffusivum est”

goodness is diffusive by its very nature

this is the very heart of Franciscan Theology


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The Breviloquium

  • Book 1 -- Book of Creation:

  • The created world is like a book in which its maker, the Trinity, shines forth, is represented and can be read at three levels of expression:

    • vestige, is found in all creation

    • image, is found only in intellectual beings or rational spirits

    • similitude. is found only in those creatures which have become conformed to God


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Book 2 – Book of Life -- Jesus Christ

  • Jesus is God’s masterpiece and therefore the blueprint of creation

    • • goal and focus of all creation

    • • completes and is the fullness of creation, begins the notion of cosmic Christology

    • Lastly and least important Jesus in the Incarnation as a remedy for sin


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Incarnation

God comes down (Path of Descent)

God bends down to embrace us in Love,

to lift up our nature and all of creation

to invite us into the Dance of the Trinity

If God bends down in love for us through the Word Incarnate, then we who are “little words” must bend down in love for one another and for all creation if the universe is to find its fullness in Christ


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The Soul’s Journey

  • The 7 days of the Soul’s Journey into God

  • Goal of every Christian to undertake this journey


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Day 1 & 2 - Creation

  • World is not an obstacle to union w/God

  • Francis – Canticle of Creatures

  • Do we make it a point [like Francis] to see BEAUTY in beautiful things [creation]

  • Pay attention and see beyond appearances

  • Observe natural order – reflection of God’s wisdom


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Day 1 & 2

  • World outside comes to us through our senses [from St. Augustine] and the world begins our journey into God!

    • Sight – enables us to see Beauty,

    • Touch – blessing, healing, compassion

    • Taste – God’s words are sweet, honey

    • Hearing – the sounds of harmony,

    • Smell – Words of God like fragrant flowers,

  • Senses bridge the gap from outer to inner


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Day 3 & 4 -- Moving Inward

  • Human inner trinity/capabilities of memory, intellect and will. These 3 capacities show us the beauty of ourselves as a reflection of God

    • memory – enables us to live in the Now, yet recall things of the past and imagine our tomorrows. Transcend time, sharing an attribute of our God

      • Imagining our Faith - Rolheiser


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Day 3 & 4

  • Intellect -- our ability to reason, to distinguish between the true and false selves. Who we are with out our masks, naked before God – authentic self

  • Will -- our basic orientation toward God linked with our ability to choose. We share God’s absolute freedom of action. Our YES and also our NO


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Day 4

  • Expands our inner world to include our willingness to be informed/enlightened by Grace.

    • sin blunts our ability to choose well or often wisely

    • grace helps in seeing and making better choices


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Day 5 & 6 Above

  • Turning our attention (contemplation) above ourselves

    • trying to see God as God is – not our constructs or images

    • gazing into more light (darkness)

    • acknowledge our contingency

  • Day 5 tries to see God as one

  • Day 6 sees God as Trinity


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Day 7 Rest

  • From Bonaventure’s experience on La Verna, Day 7 is the final overwhelming of our understanding. We must give over (die to self) even our will to fully enter into the dance of the Trinity. Pass over to the Father.

  • Here intellect yields to feeling (affective or experiential) and it becomes clear that the answer to every question is found only in Jesus


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