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Bonaventure: On the Institution of Sacraments

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This chapter examines how Bonaventure opens his treatment of the sacraments in book 4 of his Commentary on the Sentences. It demonstrates that, according to Bonaventure's position, Christ did not, in any strict or narrow sense, institute all seven sacraments of the New Law. The chapter presents his broad vision of why there are sacraments in the first place. It addresses more specifically the institution of each of the seven sacraments in particular. The chapter explores Bonaventure's move from the "passion of Christ" as source for the sacraments in the Commentary on the Sentences to his later developed understanding in the Breviloquium that "the incarnate Word is the fountain of every sacramental grace". The Holy Spirit was given after Christ had been glorified and ascended into heaven. At Pentecost, the apostles were confirmed "directly and without the ministry and the sacrament".

Keywords: Bonaventure; Breviloquium; Christ; Commentary on the Sentences; Holy Spirit; incarnate Word; New Law; Pentecost; sacraments



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