As a child, Bonaventure became deathly ill. His mother prayed in the name of St. Francis. Bonaventure was healed felt forever indebted to St. Francis.

Beebe and Foster write, “Bonaventure provides us with a comprehensive philosophy of life. Unfortunately, much of his writing is simply too obscure–even some of his writings on Christ remain remote and inaccessible.”
Bonaventure does identify six sources of spiritual knowledge:
  • The literal and allegorical understanding of Scripture.
  • The enduring writings of the great saints of the church.
  • The contemporary writings of great spiritual masters.
  • The integrative writings of expects in the human disciplines.
  • “The book of nature.”
  • The mature wisdom to read “the book of experience.”