This was the favorite Marian book of St. Louis-Marie de Montfort, and inspired his “True Devotion to Mary”, which we may not have had without it, or at least not in its present form. Any book written about the “True Devotion” can ultimately trace its existence to this work. This book had a decisive and permanent influence on the Saint, and considering its influence on him, Bl. Pope John Paul II and several of his predecessors, it can be called one of the most significant books in the history of Marian spirituality and devotion. Although this book was first published in 1667, this is the first and only English translation of it.
This book contains not only all of the Marian writings of St. Robert Bellarmine which had not been translated (only one had actually been translated), but also biographical information about the Saint not contained in any other biographies or online articles.
In addition to the relics of Sts. Robert Bellarmine, Aloysius Gonzaga, and John Berchmans, housed on different altars, many relics are contained in the Chapel of the Crucifix in the Church of Sant’Ignazio di Loyola.
Today (Sept. 17) is the Feast of St. Robert Bellarmine. His sacred relics, seen here, are housed in the Roman church Sant’Ignazio di Loyola. He is buried next to the tomb of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, whose spiritual director he was, and at whose feet he asked to be buried. He said: “Bury me at the feet of my ghostly child.” He gave St. Aloysius his last Holy Communion. The church also contains the relics of St. John Berchmans.
This image is of the Titulus Crucis, the inscription on the top of the Cross of Our Lord. If you look carefully you can see letters written backwards (the way they wrote at that time) in Greek and Latin. The eyes of the Blessed Mother beheld this very inscription.
This photo is of the relics of the Passion of Our Lord which are also in Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. Notice the reliquary on the bottom left. It contains a relic of one of the Sacred Nails. St. Thérèse of Lisieux visited this basilica, and mentions it in her autobiography. She said that her hand was the only one small enough to reach inside the reliquary, and that other pilgrims were handing their Rosaries to her so that she could touch them to the Sacred Nail.
Today (Sept. 15) is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. This crucifix is based on the Shroud of Turin. It is in the Roman basilica Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. This will give you an idea of what Our Lady witnessed.