Pace e Bene

Saint Bonaventure, whose feast the Church celebrates on July 15th, begins his famous Mind's Journey to God, by invoking Blessed Francis, whose vision of the Six-Winged Seraph structures Bonaventure's reflection. Of Francis he says:

his preaching was the annunciation of peace both in the beginning and in the end, wishing for peace in every greeting, yearning for ecstatic peace in every moment of contemplation.

Here is the great painting of Francis in Ecstasy by Giovanni Bellini: Giovanni_Bellini_St_Francis_in_EcstasyA

Rev. Robert P. Imbelli, a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, is Associate Professor of Theology Emeritus at Boston College.

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