The Mystical Vine
A treatise on the Passion of Our Lord

Saint Bonaventure

Translated from the Latin by a Friar of S.S.F.
Edited by Matthew Dallman




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CHAPTER FOURTEEN

THE BLOSSOM OF THE VINE

And so it was that the Son of God “emptied himself, taking the form of a servant.” It was in our soil that he was planted, and our vile flesh that he took upon himself. But then, in order to unite us to his divinity through union with his humanity, he put forth leaves and blossom, and bore much fruit. But my most gracious Lord Jesus put forth blossom first, because without previous blossom there can be no fruit. What else is this blossom but his virtues?

The blossom this illustrious Vine brought forth was wonderful, unique, superlative. Unlike other vines and trees, its blossom was not all of one kind. It comprised flowers of all sorts and kinds—the violet of humility, the lily of chastity, the rose of patience and love, and the crocus of abstinence.

We will not treat of them all, but will go on to consider the rose.

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