The Fioretti or Little Flowers of St. Francis, is a spiritual commentary, made up of a series of stories and anecdotes from the life of St. Francis of Assisi and his followers.
St. Bonaventure composed the second book in this volume , The Life of St. Francis. He went to Assisi for the purpose of consulting documents and to interrogate the surviving companion of St Francis in order to produce the definitive and authoritative biography that describes St Francis life, miracles and vocation.
Both of these books are rewarding insights into the founder of one of the great orders of the Church, and one of the most admired saints of all time.
St. Bonaventure was born, with the given name of John, to Giovanni di Fidanza and Maria Ritella in 1221 at Bagnoregio, Italy. His life was so pure that it was said that he seemed not to have inherited Original Sin. According to legend, he received the name of Bonaventure ( bona ventura good fortune) at a very young age from St. Francis of Assisi and was cured of an illness through the saint's intercession. In 1243 he became a Franciscan (considered the Order's second founder) and later earned the position of Master of Theology with St. Thomas Aquinas at Paris in 1257. He was made a Cardinal by Pope Gregory X and later presided at the Council of Lyon in 1274, where he died suddenly. He was canonized by Pope Sixtus IV in 1484 and is known as the Seraphic Doctor of the Church.