Friday, 15 July 2011

St Swithun & St Bonaventure

'St Swithun' rose

Today is St Swithun's Day.
But no rain today - as yet - although our fields and gardens are still in need of it.

In the general western calendar, today is the memoria of St Bonaventure:

"......he composed a text entitled Evangelical Perfection. In this work he shows how the Mendicant Orders, especially the Friars Minor, in practising the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, were following the recommendations of the Gospel itself. Over and above these historical circumstances the teaching that Bonaventure provides in this work of his and in his life remains every timely: the Church is made more luminous and beautiful by the fidelity to their vocation of those sons and daughters of hers who not only put the evangelical precepts into practice but, by the grace of God, are called to observe their counsels and thereby, with their poor, chaste and obedient way of life, to witness to the Gospel as a source of joy and perfection."

Pope Benedict XVI

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