Bonaventure on the Sublimity of Christ’s Ascension

In the Tenth Fruit, Bonaventure reflects on Christ’s Ascension into heaven and the descent of the Holy Spirit among the early leaders of the Church. Bonaventure finds in the post-Resurrection actions of Jesus the triumphal leading of the saints who had died before His Passion into heaven, an event not often reflected upon in the post-Easter season. The Seraphic Doctor also reflects on the descent of the Spirit among the Apostles, the women who Jesus and Mary, the Mother of Jesus. He identifies the Spirit as the one who works in the Church for the edification of the Body of the Church. Join us this week as we continue our look at Bonaventure’s Tree of Life.


An image of Christ ascending in to heaven. The disciples are standing looking up. Unfortunately, the image has been damaged due to natural disasters in Assisi and as a result, most of the apostles cannot be seen.

Image of Jesus Crucified by Giotto di Bondone (d. 1337) .

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