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By St Bonaventure

Prologue 1. first of all, the 1st precept from Whom all illumination descends as from the daddy of sunshine, by way of Whom are given the entire most sensible and ideal presents (James, 1:17), the everlasting Father do I name upon via His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, that by means of the intercession of the main holy Virgin Mary, mom of God Himself and of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and of the blessed Francis, our father and chief, He could enlighten the eyes of our brain to steer our ft into the best way of that peace “which surpasses all figuring out” (Eph., 1:17; Luke, 1:79; Phil., 4:7), which peace our Lord Jesus Christ has introduced and given to us; which lesson our father Francis constantly taught, in all of whose preaching was once the annunciation of peace either at the beginning and in any case, wishing for peace in each greeting, craving for ecstatic peace in each second of contemplation, as a citizen of that Jerusalem of which that guy of peace stated, with those who hated peace he was once peaceful (Ps., 119:7), “Pray ye for the issues which are for the peace of Jerusalem” (Ps., 121:6). For he knew that the throne of Solomon was once nowise shop in peace, because it is written, “His position is in peace and His domicile in Sion” (Ps., 75:3). 2. due to the fact, then, following the instance of the main blessed father Francis, I breathlessly sought this peace, I, a sinner, who've succeeded to where of that the majority blessed father after his demise, the 7th Minister basic of the brothers, even though in all methods unworthy--it occurred that through the divine will within the thirty-third 12 months after the dying of that blessed guy I ascended to Mount Alverna as to a quiet position, with the will of looking religious peace; and staying there, whereas I pondered at the ascent of the brain to God, among different issues there happened that miracle which occurred within the comparable position to the blessed Francis himself, the imaginative and prescient particularly of the winged Seraph within the likeness of the Crucified. whereas taking a look upon this imaginative and prescient, I instantly observed that it signified the suspension of our father himself in contemplation and how during which he got here to it. three. For by way of these six wings are rightly to be understood the six levels of illumination through which the soul, as though via steps or revolutionary activities, used to be disposed to move into peace by means of ecstatic elevations of Christian knowledge. the way in which, even though, is simply in the course of the so much burning love of the Crucified, Who so reworked Paul, “caught up into the 3rd heaven” (II Cor., 12:2), into Christ, that he stated, “With Christ i'm nailed to the pass, but I dwell, not I, yet Christ liveth in me” (Gal., 2:19); who as a result so absorbed the brain of Francis that his soul used to be occur in his flesh and he bore the main holy stigmata of the eagerness in his physique for 2 years ahead of his dying. for that reason the logo of the six-winged Seraph indicates the six levels of illumination, which start with God’s creatures and lead as much as God, to Whom not anyone can input accurately shop throughout the Crucified. For he who doesn't input by means of the door yet in a different way, he's a thief and a robber (John, 10:1). but when an individual does input by way of this door, he shall pass in and exit and shall locate pastures (John 9). due to this John says in his Apocalypse (22:14), “Blessed are they that wash their gowns within the blood of the Lamb, that they could have a correct to the Tree of lifestyles and should input in by means of the gates into the City”; as though he have been to claim that one can't input into the heavenly Jerusalem via contemplation until one input in the course of the blood of the Lamb as via a gate.

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