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Iste Pauper Clamavit

Saint Bonaventure's Mendicant Theology of Prayer


Timothy J. Johnson

Prayer was the object of considerable theological reflection in medieval society. The works of the Franciscan friar, Saint Bonaventure, mirror the medieval interest in prayer. This study examines the theme of prayer in Bonaventure's writings from the perspective of petitionary prayer and the ascent of the soul into God. For Bonaventure, prayer is the cry of «the poor one in the desert»; it seeks the gift of divine mercy which overcomes the alienation of sin and culminates in the contemplative encounter with God.
Contents: Prayer and Poverty - Divine Adoption - Unceasing Prayer - The Way of Peace.