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Bonaventure as Preacher

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This chapter discusses Bonaventure's sermons by contextualizing his preaching in thirteenth-century Paris against the backdrop of the early Franciscan movement. It examines the contents and style of the Seasonal Sermons, the Diverse Sermons, and the Sunday Sermons. The chapter considers the three university sermon series, the Collations on the Ten Commandments, the Collations on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the Collation on the Six Days of Creation. When comparing the preaching of Francis of Assisi with the Seasonal Sermons, Jacques Bougerol notes that there is nothing in common between the style of the Poverello and that of Bonaventure. The relatively brief period of time in which Bonaventure redacted the text of the Sunday Sermons for his confreres throughout Europe also witnessed an intense engagement with the intellectual and spiritual issues confronting his brothers at the University of Paris.

Keywords: Bonaventure; Franciscan movement; Holy Spirit; Poverello; sermons; University of Paris



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