Sunday, July 21, 2013

Quote of the Day (St. Bonaventure, on a ‘Devout and Humble Heart’)

“Since happiness is nothing but the enjoyment of the Supreme Good, and since the Supreme Good is above us, we cannot be happy unless we rise beyond ourselves. Since we cannot reach above ourselves in our own strength, we must be helped by supernatural strength, lifted up by a higher power that stoops to raise us. However much we structure our inner lives and make progress, it does us no good unless our efforts are accompanied by help from on high. Divine aid is available for those who seek it with a devout and humble heart; this is done by fervent prayer.”—Attributed to St. Bonaventure (1217-1274)

(Painting of St. Bonaventure, 1650, by Francisco de Zurbaran.)

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