Saint Bonaventure: The Soul’s Journey into God

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Saint Bonaventure: The Soul’s Journey into God

  • Professor, Franciscan School of Theology
12 Lectures (5 Discs) including Electronic Study Guide
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Taught by one of the leading experts on Franciscan spirituality, this is the course on St. Bonaventure that you have always wanted.

In the fall of 1259, the Franciscan theologian St. Bonaventure traveled from his home in Paris to the mountain of La Verna in Tuscany for a retreat. There, he meditated on the experience St. Francis had on that same mountain, where he experienced a profound vision and the stigmata.

On his retreat, Bonaventure discovered that St. Francis was a model for how a person comes to union with God in prayer. The result of this insight was the outline of a book that soon became a classic of Catholic spiritual reading: The Soul’s Journey into God. Now you too can discover the inspiring model of St. Francis as outlined by St. Bonaventure.

Bonaventure talks about this spiritual journey as taking place in six steps, like the six days of creation. On each step of the journey he explores a new dimension of our relationship with God. Bonaventure presents us with a mystical theology, leading us step-by-step from reflection on the world around us, through reflection on our inner world as human beings, toward the world above us, the divine life of the Holy Trinity.

Bonaventure shows us Christ as the beginning of this journey, its end, and the Way that connects them. Join St. Bonaventure on this powerful journey today. You will cherish this experience.

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • The Life and Works of St. Bonaventure
  • The Context for the Composition of The Soul’s Journey into God
  • Six Steps of a Journey Toward the Day of Rest
  • The World around Us: Finding God in Creation
  • The World Perceived through the Senses
  • The World within Us: Finding God in Ourselves
  • The Human Person Touched by Grace
  • The World above Us: Finding God as God
  • Seeing God as Three: The Highest Goodness
  • Passing Over: From Six Days’ Journey to Sabbath Rest
  • The Affections: The Heart Awakens
  • The Later Influence of The Soul’s Journey into God in Christian Spirituality
About Your Presenter

Br. William Short, O.F.M, S.T.L., S.T.D., is Professor of Christian Spirituality at the Franciscan School of Theology in Oceanside, California, where he has also served as President and Academic Dean. He was previously Professor of Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union and Director of the St. Francis Retreat Center in California. A Franciscan friar, he received a B.A. from the University of San Francisco, an M.A. in Philosophical and Systematic Theology, and the S.T.L. and S.T.D. degrees from the Gregorian University in Rome. In July of 2014, Br. Short received the 25th Franciscan Institute Medal.

Br. Short has dedicated his scholarly work to a retrieval of the Franciscan tradition of spirituality and theology. He is co-editor of the three-volume series of English translations of all the documents written by St. Francis of Assisi and his earliest biographers, Francis of Assisi: Early Documents. He has published works on the history of the Franciscan movement and its spirituality.  

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Summer Survey: July 2017
I love theology, but it has to be at an easy to understand level, the program on Bonaventure was just that. Review by Lisa Becker PO Box 126 Eagle River, Wi. 54521 (Posted on 7/22/2017)
Winter Survey: January 2017
St. Bonaventure's, "The Souls Journey into God", is one of my favorite spiritual readings, and Fr. Bill Short's commentary brings it alive. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Franciscan mystical spirituality. Review by Roger Sainsbury, OFS Victoria, B.C., Canada (Posted on 1/19/2017)
The content was excellent.
The content was excellent. The development of the course was well organized and the speaker's presentation clearly spoken and made understandable for people with a variety of backgrounds.
Review by Sr. Brigid (Posted on 11/23/2015)
Brother William has been an instructive and supportive companion on my own journey with Bonaventure.
I am a 64 year old housewife with a Catholic school education, yet very little college to my credit. Still, while preparing for a Junior High catechism class this year, I came across a prayer in an old missal of mine attributed to St Bonaventure, and developed an interest in reading his work and learning more about Franciscan spirituality. First, it was quite a daunting task to find much written by Bonaventure - and then, when I did, I knew I needed help. I turned to you, and Brother William has been an instructive and supportive companion on my own journey with Bonaventure. I can't thank you enough. He's led me to the Augustine course I'm studying now, and who knows where else I'll end up? Origin? Anselm? I only wish I had the proper credentials so that I could enroll at the School of Theology - it's only an hour or so away from my house! Review by Mary (Posted on 9/4/2015)
2015 Spring Survey
I am a 64 year old housewife with a Catholic school education, yet very little college to my credit. Still, while preparing for a Junior High catechism class this year, I came across a prayer in an old missal of mine attributed to St Bonaventure, and developed an interest in reading his work and learning more about Franciscan spirituality. First, it was quite a daunting task to find much written by Bonaventure - and then, when I did, I knew I needed help. I turned to you, and Brother William has been an instructive and supportive companion on my own journey with Bonaventure. I can't thank you enough. He's led me to the Augustine course I'm studying now, and who knows where else I'll end up? Origin? Anselm? I only wish I had the proper credentials so that I could enroll at the School of Theology - it's only an hour or so away from my house! Review by Mary Pearlman, Fountain Valley, California USA (Posted on 5/20/2015)
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Bonaventure is one the greatest spiritual writers of all times. Review by Anonymous (Posted on 4/16/2015)
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Although a Benedictine at heart, I studied at St. Bonaventure Univ. and have a great affection for him and his writings. It is an emphasis that is timely and truly rewarding. I enjoyed the video CD's and hope they reach others as well. Review by Msgr. William E. Biebel, Erie, Pa. USA (Posted on 4/16/2015)
One of my Favorites!
Brother Bill is one of my favorite teachers on Franciscans.
Review by Ruth (Posted on 7/3/2014)
Illuminating
Having only heard of the basketball team at St. Bonaventure, I purchased this program because it was presented by Brother William Short. In short, this program is excellent in bringing one closer to the Lord. Review by John Newsham (Posted on 12/28/2013)
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