- Tuesday, 17 September 2019 06:58
The 17th century Jesuit, Saint Robert Bellarmine (+1642) is liturgically recalled today. He was a very competent theologian and who took on Protestant heresy. One aspect of Bellarmine’s teaching was his insistence on obedience to the Church and her teachings. These were days in which a Jesuit’s obedience was clear and decisive. You can say that Bellarmine was in medio ecclesiae—in the midst of the Church, right where Christ placed us. One’s obedience to the Church was in contradistinction to the Protestant method. The obedience Bellarmine advocated was not blind; he fostered study, scrutiny and understanding the Church’s “difficult teachings.” Study, scrutiny and understand keeps the head and body together: it’s impossible to sever Christ from the Church.
Robert Bellarmine: Jesuit, priest, bishop, cardinal, Doctor of the Church, pray for us.
- Thursday, 17 September 2009 14:33
The liturgical calendar can vary from country to country and the various religious orders may have their calendar of saints, e.g., the Benedictine, Carmelite, Dominican, Franciscan, Jesuit, etc. On the universal Roman calendar today is the optional memorial of Saint Robert Bellarmine, a Jesuit, bishop, cardinal and Doctor of the Church (see the prayer in the entry below). On the Franciscan sanctoral calendar, today is this the feast of Saint Francis’ stigmata. And so I offer these Mass prayers for prayer.
May I never boast of anything but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through it the world has been crucified to me and I to the world. (Gal. 6:14)
Almighty God, you renewed the marks of the sufferings of your Son in the body of our holy Father Francis in order to inflame our hearts with the fire of your love. Through his prayers may we be conformable to the death of your Son and thus share also in his resurrection.
Lord, may the humble and devout prayer of Saint Francis sustain us. Through this offering may we always experience within us the saving benefit of the sufferings of your Son. (Prayer over the Gifts)
Almighty God, in many ways you displayed the wondrous mystery of the cross in our holy Father Francis. May we follow the example of his devotion and find strength in constant meditation on the same cross. (Prayer after Communion)