Monday, September 17, 2012

Hail, Robert, Catechist and Doctor of the Church

Tomb of St. Robert Bellarmine, Church of St. Ignatius, Rome

Today is the feast of St. Robert Bellarmine, Jesuit theologian, cardinal and preacher (1542 AD - 1621 AD).  The following is taken from St. Robert's "Ascent of the Mind to God:"

... [T]he commandments of God perfect the man who obeys them. They provide him with what he needs. They instruct and enlighten him and make him good and blessed. If you are wise, then, know that you have been created for the glory of God and your own eternal salvation. This is your goal; this is the center of your life; this is the treasure of your heart. If you reach this goal, you will find happiness. If you fail to reach it, you will find misery.

St. Robert Bellarmine, pray for us.

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