Today is the Feast of St. Robert Francis Cardinal Bellarmine, one of two Jesuit Doctors of the Church. The other is St. Peter Canisius. St. Robert was one of the most learned men in the history of the Church. When Pope Clement VIII created St. Robert a cardinal, he said of him: “The Church of God has not his equal in learning. He was the nephew of Pope Marcellus II.
St. Robert is buried in the Roman church of Sant’Ignazio. To the left of him is the altar where St. Aloysius Gonzaga is buried. St. Robert was St. Aloysius’ spiritual director, and he was so impressed with the youthful saint that he asked to be buried “at the feet of his ghostly child.”
St. Robert once said: “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.”
There can be only one shortest distance between two points, and the shortest distance between God and us is Mary. St. Robert knew this as well as anyone.
Now you get to discover not only his previously untranslated Marian writings, which were compiled and translated from the thousands of pages of his (Opera Omnia) [Collected Works], but also previously untranslated biographical material about him. Then so you get to see exactly how he lived the Marian doctrines he defended and the Marian devotion he taught. So, be sure to check out The Marian Writings of St. Robert Bellarmine by clicking here.