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The poverty is a very present reality in the Franciscan life and in the thought of saint Bonaventure. It is a theological concept that influences also his philosophy. The poverty prepares for the philosophy (philosophical attitude) and is a metaphysical category. The philosophical attitude to the one that prepares the poverty for us knows a few sources of what we might be call a philosophy of the poverty. These sources deepen the Greek search of the philosophy across the Christian tradition: St. John Crisostomus, St. Augustine and St. Bernard of Clairvaux.