No Saint Ever Said All Homosexuals Died on Christmas Day - Your Quote Is Fake
TIA has received a polite e-mail from one of our readers telling us he has encountered several objectors to the
quote of St. Bonaventure
that we transcribed on our
page, which stated that all homosexuals died on the day of Christ's birth. According to that reader, supporters of homosexuality expressed strong doubt that any saint ever affirmed such a thing. You can check his e-mail and our reply to him
After reading this exchange, a TIA friend and collaborator, Mrs. Kathy Redle, sent us the original Sermon by St. Bonaventure. In it he states precisely what we quoted. This Sermon XXII, in Latin, is in the
of St. Bonaventure (Florence: Typographia Collegii S. Bonaventurae, 1950) vol. 9, pp. 122-123. The quote is the seventh of the 12 miracles God worked at the time of the Nativity of Christ, which St. Bonaventure reports.
Curiously, our reader tells us that the objectors he knows assured him that "a careful internet search uncovers nothing in regard to solid sources to back up this quote." However, Mrs. Redle found that quote on the Internet without any problem by just searching for
S. Bonaventurae omnes sodomilae
. The result is
, indicating that those objectors most likely hid the truth.
To end this objection once and for all, we offer our readers the photocopies of the original in Latin, preceded by our translation to English in blue. We highlighted the text in dispute both in the translation and in the photocopy. - TIA
Sermon XXII by St. Bonaventure
Translation to English by TIA desk
Subject: Sermon of Br. Bonaventure addressed to
the people of Lyon on the Nativity of the Lord.
Bless, O my soul, the Lord who liberated Jerusalem, His city, from its many tribulations, He the Lord our God. Confess the Lord, O children of Israel, for He has shown His majesty to a sinful nation.
Moved by a great devotion of heart for today’s celebration, the soul of each one of the faithful should bless and confess God for His great works, exalting the men of Israel and the elect of Jerusalem ,as seen in the 24 considerations of the meditation on today’s feast set forth briefly in the Gospel of Christmas Eve. Four considerations are on God the Father, four on God the Son, four on the Blessed Mother, four on Joseph, four on the Shepherds and four on the Angels.
We should consider and bless God the Father for His most admirable
in sending His Son to take flesh and be born; and praise His
for fulfilling His promise in the due time, His ineffable
because He had compassion on us and was thus pleased to help us, and His eternal
because He wanted to make himself known to us in this way.
Regarding the Son being born, we should consider and bless His admirable and dignified
, imitate His
in obeying the Father and His
and incredible clemency toward us, and appreciate His submissive
poverty, humility and simplicity
As for the Mother who gave birth, we should consider and bless her immaculate
of her delivery and the
of her fortunate and joyful childbirth.
On the part of Joseph, we should consider and bless his profound
On the part of the Shepherds, we should consider and bless their holy
and their expanding
faith and devotion
On the part of the Angels, we should consider and bless the
of their omnipresent grandeur, the
of their new tenderness, the
of their preaching and the
purity and sublimity
of their new praises.
In all these meditations our souls should bless God, on this day.
On this day,
He liberated His city showing His majesty to a sinful nation
, not only by sending His Son to be born, but by bedecking and adorning the day, hour and time of His Nativity with miracles.
shown to the sinful nation
at the time of the Nativity of Christ are these, according to various histories. (1)
, a fulgent star appeared in the sky in parts of the East, which displayed the form of a most pure Infant, and over it was a shining cross to signify that He who was born would spread His doctrine, life and death throughout the whole world.
, in the middle of the day from Capitoline Hill in Rome, a golden circle that appeared near the sun was seen – [also] by the Emperor and the Sibyl – and in it was a most pure Virgin giving birth to an Infant, signifying that He who was born was the Monarch of the world and came to demonstrate
the splendor of the paternal glory and figure of His substance
, the temple of peace in Rome fell to the ground. When it was built, the devils were asked how long it would last, and they responded that it would stand until a Virgin gave birth to a Son, as a sign that He who was born would destroy the works and practices of vanity.
, in Rome a large gush of oil sprung up from the ground and flowed into the Tiber, to show that a source of piety and mercy had been born.
, on the night of the Nativity, the
, from which perfume is made, sprouted, flourished, extended its branches and produced its scented liquid, to show that He who was born would make the spiritual world flourish, grow and give fruits, and that its fragrance would attract the whole world.
, 30,000 criminals were killed by the Emperor, to show that He who was born would subject the whole world by His Faith and that the rebels would be lost in Hell.
all the sodomites in the whole world died, both male and female, according to Jerome (3) commenting on the Psalm:
The light was born for the just
, which shows that He who was born came to reform nature and to promote chastity.
brute animals spoke in Judea, among them, two oxen, to make us understand that He who was born would transform the most bestial men into rational persons.
, all the idols of Egypt were destroyed when the Virgin gave birth; according to Jeremiah (4) that sign was given to the Egyptians to make them understand that He who was born was the true God and the only One worthy of adoration with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
, when the Infant was laying in the Manger, the ox and donkey knelt before Him, as if they had reason, and adored Him, which makes us understand that He who was born would call both the Jews and the Gentiles to His religion.
, the whole world was in peace as described, (5) to show that He who was born would love and promote universal peace and that His elect would enjoy eternal peace.
, in the East three suns appeared in the sky, which progressively merged into a single celestial body to show that by the birth of Christ the world would be informed of the Triune God, and that Divinity, spirit and flesh had been united in one Person.
About all these things, our souls should bless God and venerate Him because
He liberated us
His majesty was shown
a sinful nation.
The Lord Jesus was born in the 5,199th year after the constitution of the world, after the constitution of the 750 gens of the City [of Rome], in the year of the 194th Olympics, in the 42nd year of Emperor Octavianus Augustus, in the 39th year of the reign of Herod of Ascalon in Judea, on the 8th day of the Kalendas of January, having Cyrenius as governor of Syria. (6)
Cf. Bonaventure, tom. VIII, p. 95, Appendix I, where these miracles are listed; in notes 2 and 3 the authors who wrote about these miracles are cited.
Book V, Commentaries on Is 19; 1; followed by Ps 96:11.
Jer 48:6 and following verses.
Cf. Lk 2:1-3.
Cf. Roman Martyrology on the Eve the Nativity of the Lord.
Photocopies of the original in Latin
Posted September 12, 2015
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