A prayer of Saint Bonaventure

“Lord Jesus, as God’s Spirit came down and rested upon you, may the same Spirit rest upon us, bestowing his sevenfold gifts.

First, grant us the gift of understanding by which your precepts may enlighten our minds.

Second, grant us counsel, by which we may follow in your footsteps on the path of righteousness.

Third, grant us courage, by which we may ward off the Enemy’s attacks.

Fourth, grant us knowledge, by which we can distinguish good from evil.

Fifth, grant us piety, by which we may acquire compassionate hearts.

Sixth, grant us fear, by which we may draw back from evil and submit to what is good.

Seventh, grant us wisdom, that we may taste fully the life giving sweetness of your love.”

–St Bonaventure (1217-74)


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2 comments on “A prayer of Saint Bonaventure

  1. Fr. Dale says:

    The Catholic Encyclopedia has his birth at 1221 which would make him even younger at death (53). His influence in the church exceeds the span of his brief life.

  2. Paula Loughlin says:

    Kendall, I very much needed to read this prayer today. God is truly working through you. Thanks.