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Bonaventure (Classics of Western Spirituality (Paperback)) (English and Latin Edition) (Latin) Paperback – January 1, 1978
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- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0809121212
- ISBN-13 : 978-0809121212
- Product Dimensions : 6.19 x 0.99 x 8.9 inches
- Publisher : Paulist Press; 1st Edition (January 1, 1978)
- Language: : English, Latin
- Best Sellers Rank: #156,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This beautifully translated collection of his key works includes his masterpiece 'the Soul's Journey Into God' which deals with Bonaventure's vision of the seven stages whereby the human soul can move into ever closer union with God through Christ. Rendered as a mix of poetry and prose (a masterstroke by the translator who truly liberates Bonaventure's ideas for the modern reader in doing so), each chapter shows the profound influence not only of St Francis but in the highest ideas of the Neo-Platonic mystics of Christianity from both the Eastern and Western Churches. Bonaventure's spirituality combines the best of St Dionysius the Areopagite and the interior journey of Augustine with the loving vision of St Francis, finding God first in Nature, then in the interior world of the human soul, then united with God in contemplation of the person of Christ, who himself bound together human nature with the Divine. Instead of a vision of guilt and sin, Bonaventure's concept of the Mystic Union is profoundly humanistic while profoundly spiritual and God-centred. A masterwork of humane mysticism which does the Christian tradition proud.
The other two works - the Tree of Life and the Life of St Francis - are also wonderfully rich in style and content. The excellent Classic Of Western Spirituality have unearthed and made accessible another great treasure of Western mysticism. Another feather in their cap.