Bringing Forth Christ

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Brining Forth Christ, Five Feasts of the Child Jesus by St. Bonaventure

Andre Cirino, OFM, Josef Rascal, OFS and Eric Doyle, OFM

During Advent, our sisters were re-acquainted with St. Bonventure’s Five Feasts of the Child Jesus. The following weekend, fifty-one people, religious and laity, read, reflected on and prayed the Five Feasts. It gives me great satisfaction to know that more than one hundred people have become familiar with this document on spiritual motherhood, which, when embraced, changes the manner in which a person, who contemplates the Incarnate Word, will celebrate the feasts of Annunciation, Nativity, Holy Name of Jesus, Epiphany, and Presentation.
Sr. Marion Kikukawa OSF

Our Poor Clare monastery was in a process with a facilitator who suggested that we name the significant events of the past year. Close to the top of the list was last December’s retreat on the Five Feasts. Since then, when other communities asked me to do something for a day of recollection or a directed retreat, I used the Five Feasts and it always has appeal. I thought that when one has the inspiration to do something with a work such as the Five Feasts and then creates a way of presenting it which involves a lot of labor and also the joy of sharing, it is good to know about the fruit it produces.
Sr. Elizabeth Enoch OSC

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    Bringing Forth Christ: Five Feasts of the Child Jesus by St. Bonaventure

    Posted by Mary Assumpta Glaser, OSF on Nov 28th 2017

    Book Review---Bringing Forth Christ: Five Feasts of the Child Jesus by St. Bonaventure
    --Andre Cirino OFM, Josef Raischl OFS and Eric Doyle OFM

    Welcome to this new, inspiring presentation of St. Bonaventure’s short mystical work Bringing Forth Christ: Five Feasts of the Child Jesus. An inspiring gift for Advent-Christmas prayer and contemplation. Great for you and your friend!

    Bringing Forth Christ: Five Feasts of the Child Jesus is God’s response to St. Bonaventure’s sincere request, “which aspect of the Lord’s Incarnation should be the object of my reflection . . . .” In his pondering he was drawn to prayerfully reflect on the five feasts commemorating the infancy of Jesus. Deep contemplation brought the understanding that “one dedicated to God could spiritually conceive the holy Word of God . . . give birth . . . name him, seek and adore him with the Magi, and . . . joyfully present him . . . to God the Father.” St. Bonaventure gently leads the “devout person” with “simple words” in five reflective meditations “to celebrate with all prayerfulness and piety, the five feasts of the Child Jesus . . . .”

    Franciscan Bonaventure scholar Eric Doyle’s original translation of St. Bonaventure’s Bringing Forth Christ: Five Feasts of the Child Jesus includes his profoundly inspiring introduction to the mystical thoughts of St. Bonaventure. Introducing the theme spiritual motherhood, Doyle invites all “to fashion our spiritual lives on the model of Mary, Mother of the Lord . . . .”

    Present day Bonaventure scholars, Andre Cirino OFM and Josef Raischl OFS, present Bringing Forth Christ: Five Feasts of the Child Jesus in a new, impressive format. One’s aesthetic sensibilities are immediately involved in each feast with an icon written by William Hart McNichol. Sense-line version of the text easily facilitates meditative reflective reading. A thoughtful reflection and thought-provoking questions are Cirino’s and Raischl’s addition to each chapter. To strengthen our understanding and deepen contemplation, appropriate quotations from Scripture and writings of St. Francis and St. Clare are provided for each feast. Specifically chosen mantras from the CD Love Holding Love conclude each feast’s presentation.

    Looking for a new inspiring resource for your group study and reflection! St. Bonaventure’s Bringing Forth Christ: Five Feasts of the Child Jesus is an excellent choice.

    --Sr. Mary Assumpta Glaser, osf
    Mount St. Francis
    3390 Windsor Extension
    Dubuque, Iowa 52001-1311


    --Sr. Mary Assumpta Glaser, osf
    Mount St. Francis
    3390 Windsor Extension
    Dubuque, Iowa 52001-1311

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