A bit of light, inspirational reading from Saint Bonaventure

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THE MIND’S ROAD TO GOD
Saint Bonaventura: 1221-1274

Introductory Material

Prologue

THE MENDICANT’S VISION IN THE WILDERNESS

I. Of the Stages in the Ascent to God and of His Reflection in His Traces in the Universe

II. Of the Reflection of God in His Traces in the Sensible World

III. Of the Reflection of God in His Image Stamped upon Our Natural Powers

IV. Of the Reflection of God in His Image Reformed by the Gifts of Grace

V. Of the Reflection of the Divine Unity in Its Primary Name, Which Is Being

VI. Of the Reflection of the Most Blessed Trinity in Its Name, Which Is Good

VII. Of the Mental and Mystical Elevation, in Which Repose Is Given to the Intellect When the Affections Pass Entirely into God through Elevation

Courtesy of Roman Catholic Resource Index

The Pope and Blessed Angela of Foligno on prayer.


Her story is retold in the “Book of Blessed Angela of Foligno,” composed from the writings of the friar who served as her confessor. The book details how she overcame fear of sin and punishment through ever greater love for God. It also describes the many mystical experiences that marked her life, but which she found difficult to put into words.

This book, the Pope said, is a guide for others seeking to turn to God. Blessed Angela’s life, he added, shows how the Lord touches the soul so that one can learn the “way with God and towards God.”

“From conversion to mystical union with the crucified Christ, to the inexpressible,” a “high path” marked her life, the Holy Father observed, noting that her “secret” was constant prayer.

He quoted Blessed Angela’s words: “However much more you pray, ever more greatly will you be illuminated; however much more you are illuminated, so much more profoundly and intensely will you see the Supreme Good, the supremely good Being; how much more profoundly and intensely you see it, much more will you love it … Successively you will arrive to the fullness of light, because you will understand not being able to comprehend.”

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St. Padre Pio: “When I leave, she will be your consolation.”

The Incredible Story of Maria Esperanza

During these younger years Esperanza made the acquaintance of Padre  Pio, the most famous mystic since Francis of Assisi, who had told  people he expected to be visited by an extraordinary woman.

“There is  a young woman who is going to come from South America,” Pio  said. “When I leave, she will be your consolation.”

When finally they  met, Maria would hear his “call” even though she was far away near  Rome and she would head for his monastery at San Giovanni Rotundo on  the barren east side of Italy – where despite throngs waiting to see  him the aged priest called out, “Esperanza!”

On September 23, 1968, Maria had a vision of Padre Pio. “Esperanza,”  he said in the vision, “I have come to say good-bye. My time has  come. It is your turn.” As this was happening Geo watched with  amazement as his wife’s face transfigured into that of the Italian  priest. The next day they saw in the newspaper that Pio (whose  funeral would be attended by more than a million) had died.

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Submitted by Bob Stanley