SAINTS

 

 

1/28/09  St. Bonaventure*

 

Child of God, I come this day at the request of the Most Blessed Trinity.  I come to speak to you and all the children of God about the need for charity.  There are three forms to charity; what you think, what you do, what you give to those in need.

The last almost all understand.  You know that God calls us to help our neighbor in need.  What some forget is that all are called to give out of what they have, not just what they can give out of their abundance.  This nation is experiencing a time when all must share for the good of all people and the nation.

Charity begins in the mind.  If you believe yourself above others, then true charity is never practiced.  If you believe your wants and needs must be met first, again true charity will not be practiced.  If you think evil of others, charity is missing.  It is not just speaking evil of others that you will be held accountable for, but also for what you think.

All your actions must be based on charity.  Live your life seeking to do what is best for all at all times.  If you live this way, you will bring joy, hope and peace wherever you go.

Charity is love in action and love is never greedy, devious, impatient, arrogant or self-seeking.  Live a life of charity and God will call you His own.

I, Bonaventure, bless you.

 

*St. Bonaventure (1221-1274) received his name from St. Francis of Assisi.  He received his Doctorate in Theology with St. Thomas Aquinas in 1257 A.D.  Known as the ‘Seraphic Doctor’, he worked to unite the dissident factions of the Order Friars Minor.