By St Bonaventure
Prologue 1. firstly, the 1st precept from Whom all illumination descends as from the daddy of sunshine, via Whom are given all of the most sensible and ideal presents (James, 1:17), the everlasting Father do I name upon via His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, that by way 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 may possibly enlighten the eyes of our brain to steer our ft into the way in which 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 continually taught, in all of whose preaching was once the annunciation of peace either initially and in any case, wishing for peace in each greeting, longing 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 used to be nowise store in peace, because it is written, “His position is in peace and His domicile in Sion” (Ps., 75:3). 2. seeing that, 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 normal of the brothers, although in all methods unworthy--it occurred that by way of the divine will within the thirty-third yr after the demise of that blessed guy I ascended to Mount Alverna as to a quiet position, with the need 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 similar position to the blessed Francis himself, the imaginative and prescient particularly of the winged Seraph within the likeness of the Crucified. whereas having a look upon this imaginative and prescient, I instantly observed that it signified the suspension of our father himself in contemplation and how wherein he got here to it. three. For through these six wings are rightly to be understood the six phases of illumination in which the soul, as though through steps or revolutionary hobbies, was once disposed to move into peace through ecstatic elevations of Christian knowledge. the way in which, even if, is simply throughout the such a lot burning love of the Crucified, Who so remodeled Paul, “caught up into the 3rd heaven” (II Cor., 12:2), into Christ, that he stated, “With Christ i'm nailed to the go, but I reside, not I, yet Christ liveth in me” (Gal., 2:19); who consequently so absorbed the brain of Francis that his soul used to be appear in his flesh and he bore the main holy stigmata of the eagerness in his physique for 2 years sooner than his dying. hence the logo of the six-winged Seraph indicates the six phases of illumination, which commence with God’s creatures and lead as much as God, to Whom not anyone can input competently shop throughout the Crucified. For he who doesn't input through the door yet another way, he's a thief and a robber (John, 10:1). but when somebody does input through this door, he shall move 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 will 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 during the blood of the Lamb as via a gate.