Saint Bonaventure on the Source of Sacred Scripture

Saint Bonaventure on Scripture“Scripture does not take its starting point in human inquiry; rather it flows from divine revelation, coming down from the Father of lights (Jas 1:17), from whom every fatherhood in heaven and on earth receives its name. It is from him, through his Son, Jesus Christ, that the Holy Spirit flows also into us. It is through that same Spirit, who apportions gifts and allots to each one according to his will (1 Cor 12:11), that faith is given, and it is through faith that Christ dwells in our hearts. This is the knowledge of Jesus Christ, from which source the authority and the understanding of all Sacred Scripture flow. Hence, no one can begin to comprehend it, unless that person has first been infused with faith in Christ – the lamp, the door, and the very foundation of all Scripture. For as long as we are away from the Lord (2 Cor 5:6), it is faith that, of all the supernatural illuminations, is the foundation that supports us, the lamp that directs us, and the door that lets us enter. It is according to the measures of faith, furthermore, that any wisdom given us by God must be gauged, lest anyone be wiser than it behooves us to be wise, but to be wise with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned (Rom 12:3). And so, as the Apostle clearly intimates in the first part of the text with which we began, it is by means of faith that the knowledge of Sacred Scripture is given to us according to the measure of the Blessed Trinity’s inflowing.”

Saint Bonaventure, Breviloquium –


– Lucas G. Westman

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