St. Bonaventure Novena Prayer Patron Saint of Bowel Disorder, Doctor of the Church

St. Bonaventure Novena All 9 Days.

NovenaSt. Bonaventure Novena
Novena BeginsJuly 6
Feast DayJuly 15
Patron Saint ofBowel Disorder, Doctor of the Church

About St. Bonaventure

Perhaps not a household name for most people, Saint Bonaventure, nevertheless, played an important role in both the medieval Church and the history of the Franciscan Order. A senior faculty member at the University of Paris, Saint Bonaventure certainly captured the hearts of his students through his academic skills and insights. But more importantly, he captured their hearts through his Franciscan love for Jesus and the Church. Like his model, Saint Francis, Jesus was the center of everything—his teaching, his administration, his writing, and his life. So much so, that he was given the title “Seraphic Doctor.”

Born in Bagnoregio in 1221, Saint Bonaventure was baptized John, but received the name Bonaventure when he became a Franciscan at the age of 22. Little is known about his childhood, but we do know that his parents were Giovanni di Fidanza and Maria Ritell. It seems that his father was a physician and a man of means. While Saint Francis died about five years after the saint’s birth, he is credited with healing Bonaventure as a boy of a serious illness.

Saint Bonaventure’s teaching career came to a halt when the Friars elected him to serve as their General Minister. His 17 years of service were not easy as the Order was embroiled in conflicts over the interpretation of poverty. Some friars even ended up in heresy saying that Saint Francis and his community were inaugurating the era of the Holy Spirit which was to replace Jesus, the Church, and Scripture. But because he was a man of prayer and a good administrator, Saint Bonaventure managed to structure the Order through effective legislation. But more importantly, he offered the Friars an organized spirituality based on the vision and insights of Saint Francis. Always a Franciscan at heart and a mystical writer, Bonaventure managed to unite the pastoral, practical aspects of life with the doctrines of the Church. Thus, there is a noticeable warmth to his teachings and writings that make him very appealing.

Shortly before he ended his service as General Minister, Pope Gregory X created him a Cardinal and appointed him bishop of Albano. But a little over a year later, while participating in the Second Council of Lyon, Saint Bonaventure died suddenly on July 15, 1274. There is a theory that he was poisoned.

Saint Bonaventure left behind a structured and renewed Franciscan Order and a body of work all of which glorifies his major love—Jesus.

St. Bonaventure Novena Day 1

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear St. Bonaventure Cardinal, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, you chose a life that embraced mortification and great humiliation. Choosing to serve those individuals who were rejected and sick you risked illness for yourself. You made your life a continuous prayer and spent hours meditating on the wounds of Christ.

Please pray for us that we may have a sincere and humble heart. Pray that we may not lose sight of Jesus wounds and thus walk on the straight path to eternal salvation.Amen

(Mention your request here…)

St. Bonaventure, pray for us

Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be…

St. Bonaventure Novena Day 2

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear St. Bonaventure Cardinal, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, you chose a life that embraced mortification and great humiliation. Choosing to serve those individuals who were rejected and sick you risked illness for yourself. You made your life a continuous prayer and spent hours meditating on the wounds of Christ.

Please pray for us that we may have a sincere and humble heart. Pray that we may not lose sight of Jesus wounds and thus walk on the straight path to eternal salvation.Amen

(Mention your request here…)

St. Bonaventure, pray for us

Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be…

St. Bonaventure Novena Day 3

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear St. Bonaventure Cardinal, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, you chose a life that embraced mortification and great humiliation. Choosing to serve those individuals who were rejected and sick you risked illness for yourself. You made your life a continuous prayer and spent hours meditating on the wounds of Christ.

Please pray for us that we may have a sincere and humble heart. Pray that we may not lose sight of Jesus wounds and thus walk on the straight path to eternal salvation.Amen

(Mention your request here…)

St. Bonaventure, pray for us

Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be…

St. Bonaventure Novena Day 4

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear St. Bonaventure Cardinal, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, you chose a life that embraced mortification and great humiliation. Choosing to serve those individuals who were rejected and sick you risked illness for yourself. You made your life a continuous prayer and spent hours meditating on the wounds of Christ.

Please pray for us that we may have a sincere and humble heart. Pray that we may not lose sight of Jesus wounds and thus walk on the straight path to eternal salvation.Amen

(Mention your request here…)

St. Bonaventure, pray for us

Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be…

St. Bonaventure Novena Day 5

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear St. Bonaventure Cardinal, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, you chose a life that embraced mortification and great humiliation. Choosing to serve those individuals who were rejected and sick you risked illness for yourself. You made your life a continuous prayer and spent hours meditating on the wounds of Christ.

Please pray for us that we may have a sincere and humble heart. Pray that we may not lose sight of Jesus wounds and thus walk on the straight path to eternal salvation.Amen

(Mention your request here…)

St. Bonaventure, pray for us

Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be…

St. Bonaventure Novena Day 6

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear St. Bonaventure Cardinal, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, you chose a life that embraced mortification and great humiliation. Choosing to serve those individuals who were rejected and sick you risked illness for yourself. You made your life a continuous prayer and spent hours meditating on the wounds of Christ.

Please pray for us that we may have a sincere and humble heart. Pray that we may not lose sight of Jesus wounds and thus walk on the straight path to eternal salvation.Amen

(Mention your request here…)

St. Bonaventure, pray for us

Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be…

St. Bonaventure Novena Day 7

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear St. Bonaventure Cardinal, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, you chose a life that embraced mortification and great humiliation. Choosing to serve those individuals who were rejected and sick you risked illness for yourself. You made your life a continuous prayer and spent hours meditating on the wounds of Christ.

Please pray for us that we may have a sincere and humble heart. Pray that we may not lose sight of Jesus wounds and thus walk on the straight path to eternal salvation.Amen

(Mention your request here…)

St. Bonaventure, pray for us

Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be…

St. Bonaventure Novena Day 8

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear St. Bonaventure Cardinal, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, you chose a life that embraced mortification and great humiliation. Choosing to serve those individuals who were rejected and sick you risked illness for yourself. You made your life a continuous prayer and spent hours meditating on the wounds of Christ.

Please pray for us that we may have a sincere and humble heart. Pray that we may not lose sight of Jesus wounds and thus walk on the straight path to eternal salvation.Amen

(Mention your request here…)

St. Bonaventure, pray for us

Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be…

St. Bonaventure Novena Day 9

Let us begin, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Dear St. Bonaventure Cardinal, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, you chose a life that embraced mortification and great humiliation. Choosing to serve those individuals who were rejected and sick you risked illness for yourself. You made your life a continuous prayer and spent hours meditating on the wounds of Christ.

Please pray for us that we may have a sincere and humble heart. Pray that we may not lose sight of Jesus wounds and thus walk on the straight path to eternal salvation.Amen

(Mention your request here…)

St. Bonaventure, pray for us

Say 1: Our Father… Say 1: Hail Mary… Say 1: Glory Be…

Prayer to St. Bonaventure

Pierce, O most sweet Lord Jesus, my inmost soul with the most joyous and healthful wound of Thy love, and with true, calm and most holy apostolic charity, that my soul may ever languish and melt with entire love and longing for Thee, may yearn for Thee and for thy courts, may long to be dissolved and to be with Thee.

Grant that my soul may hunger after Thee, the Bread of Angels, the refreshment of holy souls, our daily and super substantial bread, having all sweetness and savor and every delightful taste.

May my heart ever hunger after and feed upon Thee, Whom the angels desire to look upon, and may my inmost soul be filled with the sweetness of Thy savor; may it ever thirst for Thee, the fountain of life, the fountain of wisdom and knowledge, the fountain of eternal light, the torrent of pleasure, the fullness of the house of God;

may it ever compass Thee, seek Thee, find Thee, run to Thee, come up to Thee, meditate on Thee, speak of Thee, and do all for the praise and glory of Thy name, with humility and discretion, with love and delight, with ease and affection, with perseverance to the end; and be Thou alone ever my hope, my entire confidence, my riches, my delight, my pleasure, my joy, my rest and tranquility, my peace, my sweetness, my food, my refreshment, my refuge, my help, my wisdom, my portion, my possession, my treasure; in Whom may my mind and my heart be ever fixed and firm and rooted immovably. Amen.

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