Exclusive Gift Set 24 – St Bonaventure, St Vitalis, Our Lady of Lourdes
Exclusive Gift Set 24 – St Bonaventure St Vitalis, Our Lady of Lourdes.
He received the name of Bonaventure in consequence of an exclamation of St. Francis of Assisi. When asked by a child’s mother, the saint prayed for John’s recovery from a dangerous illness. Foreseeing the future greatness of the little child, cried out “O Buona ventura”-O good fortune!
Bonaventure becomes a Franciscan
At the age of twenty-two Bonaventure entered the Franciscan Order. Having made his vows, he was sent to Paris to complete his studies under the celebrated doctor Alexander of Hales, an Englishman and a Franciscan. After the latter’s death he continued his course under his successor, John of Rochelle. In Parishe became the intimate friend of the great St Thomas Aquinas. He received the degree of Doctor, together with St Thomas Aquinas, ceding to his friend against the latter’s inclination, the honor of having it first conferred upon him. Like St Thomas Aquinas, he enjoyed the friendship of the holy King, St. Louis.
St Vitalis of Assisi, O.S.B. (1295 – May 31, 1370)
An Italian hermit and monk. Born in Bastia Umbra, Vitalis as a youth was licentious and immoral. However, he attempted to expiate his sins by going on pilgrimage to various sanctuaries in Italy and Europe. When he returned to Umbria, he became a Benedictine monk at Subiaco.
Vitalis then spent the rest of his life in the hermitage of Santa Maria di Viole, near Assisi, in utter poverty. His one possession was an old container that he used to drink water from a nearby spring. His reputation for holiness soon spread after his death. He was known as a patron against sicknesses and diseases affecting the bladder and genitals.