Today is the feast day of St. Bonaventure, bishop, scholar, and close friend to Thomas Aquinas. By way of trivia, the main cemetary in Savannah, Georgia, where I'll be for the next few days, is also named after him.
St. Bonaventure was born about the year 1218 at Banorea in Tuscany. He sutdied philosophy and theology at Paris and, having earned the title Master, he taught his fellow members of hte Order of Friars Minor with great success. He was elected Minister General of the Order, a position he filled with prudence and wisdom. After being made Cardinal-Bishop of Albano, he died at the Council of Lyons in 1274. His writings did much to illuminate the study of both theology and philosophy.
What I find intriguing about this is that his colleague and friend from his time at the University of Paris (who else but Aquinas?) died en route to this exact same council.
Sadly, one of the more interesting stories, about his involvement when the papacy was left vacant for almost three years between Clement IV and Bl. Gregory X, was omitted. As I recall, he gave new meaning to the term "raise the roof"...
+Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam+
"Justice requires that to lawfully constituted Authority there be given that respect and obedience which is its due; that the laws which are made shall be in wise conformity with the common good; and that, as a matter of conscience all men shall render obedience to these laws."
-Pope Pius XI