He lived as Saint Bonaventure (1221–1274), a theologian and Franciscan mystic. At the age of four, Bonaventure fell gravely ill. His mother begged Saint Francis to intercede for her son’s life. Through his prayers the child was cured and Francis is said to have cried out in prophetic rapture: “O buona ventura!” (O good fortune!), from which Bonaventure is believed to have received his name. In gratitude for her son’s healing, Bonaventure’s mother consecrated his life to God.