Tuesday, March 05, 2024

Bonaventure for Lent XVIII

 ...when human beings sinned, they turned away and wandered from the most powerful, wise, and benevolent principle. As a result, they fell headlong into weakness, ignorance, and malice. Having once been spiritual, they became carnal, animal, and sensual. They could no longer imitate divine virtue, know its light, or love its goodness. And so the most fitting way for human beigns to be raised from this condition was for the First Principle to come down to their level by making itself knowable, lovable, and imitable.

[Bonaventure, Breviloquium (4.1.3), Monti, tr., Franciscan Institute Publications (St. Bonaventure, NY: 2005) p. 133.]