Marian Metaphysics

"This invocation may serve as the introduction and conclusion of this study: Mary is the Mother of Faith, and therefore the Magistra theologia par excellence, the model and guide and final support of all who study or teach about God. Without her love and active involvement in our lives, and a corresponding love and unconditional … Continue reading Marian Metaphysics

The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition

This presentation of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition is delivered by Dr. J. Isaac Goff, author of the incredible book, Caritas in Primo: A Study of Bonaventure's Disputed Questions on the Mystery of the Trinity. In this lecture Dr. Goff articulates the unity of this tradition and how the work of Saint Bonaventure and Bl. John Duns Scotus … Continue reading The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition

The Unity of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition

Discovering, studying, and finally entering into an intellectual tradition can be an exciting event when traveling the path toward truth. But sometimes even from within various traditions there can be divergent schools or sects which might compete for being the most faithful to the vision of its founder. This exists, for example, in the Thomistic Intellectual Tradition. … Continue reading The Unity of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition

Finding Your Catholic Voice

"Discovering St. Bonaventure and Bl. John Duns Scotus, the two great intellectual lights of the Lesser Brothers, early on in my theological and philosophical studies, I was immediately taken by the integrity, versatility, depth, width, breadth and beauty of the theologico-mystical vision outlined by these early intellectual and spiritual successors of the Poor Man from … Continue reading Finding Your Catholic Voice

Love Perfects, Knowledge Informs

Due to the fall of man and the inheritance of original sin our intellect is darkened and our will is disordered. Although the redemptive work of Christ enlightens our intellect and reorders our will toward the appropriate desire for God and to love him above all things, we still struggle with the “old self.” Through … Continue reading Love Perfects, Knowledge Informs

Saint Bonaventure’s Catalogue of Aristotelian Errors

"Bonaventure’s approach to dealing with the Averroist crisis contrasts radically with Aquinas’s. Whereas Aquinas tried to meet the crisis by rescuing Aristotle, that is, by trying to insure that Aristotle was correctly interpreted, Bonaventure argues that the problem lies much deeper: the Averroists’ fundamental error was to use reason to judge the truths of the … Continue reading Saint Bonaventure’s Catalogue of Aristotelian Errors

A Brief Summary of Scotus’s Position on the Immaculate Conception

The Marian dogma of the Immaculate Conception was first successfully defended by the Franciscan friar, Bl. John Duns Scotus. He was able to maneuver his way through the intellectual deadlock surrounding this theological issue and paved the way for its eventual proclamation in 1854, by Pope Pius IX. This summary is taken from the book, … Continue reading A Brief Summary of Scotus’s Position on the Immaculate Conception

St. Bonaventure’s View of Natural Law

“The eternal law is the ultimate rule or measure of all human activity. Augustine identifies the eternal law with God’s wisdom. He writes: ‘That law which is named supreme wisdom cannot be otherwise understood than as unchangeable and eternal.’ This identification of the eternal law with divine wisdom and thus with the divine mind has … Continue reading St. Bonaventure’s View of Natural Law

St. Bonaventure: Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows

Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows O most holy Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, by the overwhelming grief you experienced when you witnessed the martyrdom, the crucifixion, and the death of your divine Son, look upon me with eyes of compassion, and awaken in my heart a tender commiseration for those sufferings, as … Continue reading St. Bonaventure: Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows