This translation of St. Bonaventura's "Itinerarium Mentis ad Deum"
addressed to undergraduate students of the history of philosophy
who may wish to read a work of a great medieval Franciscan
thinker. I have used the Latin text of the Franciscan Fathers
contained in "Tria Opuscula" (Quaracchi), fifth edition, 1938.
Biblical quotations are taken from the Douay Bible, since that is
a translation of the Vulgate, which, it goes without saying, St.
Bonaventura used. In order to make the translation more readable,
I have taken the liberty of breaking up a few of the longer
sentences and once in a while have inserted explanatory words and
phrases in square brackets. In two places, indicated in footnotes,
I have made slight emendations to the text. Students who approach
this work for the first time would do well to familiarize
themselves with Giotto's painting of St. Francis receiving the
stigmata, for the "Itinerarium" could almost be called a
meditation upon the vision there depicted.
My deepest thanks are given to the Reverend George Glanzman, S.
J., who made a painstaking comparison of this translation with the
Latin original and suggested several revisions which improved my
first draft. I have accepted all of his suggestions gratefully
but, of course, I alone am responsible for the version as it now
appears. Any errors in the translation, footnotes, and
introduction must be laid at my door.