September 17, 2010
+Saint Robert Bellarmine, B., D.
Wisdom 7: 7 – 10, 15, 16
Matthew 7: 21 – 29
Today the Church invites us to honor Saint Robert Bellermine, important teacher and doctor of the Church.
The first Scripture Lesson chosen for this feast is taken from the Old Testament Book of Wisdom and it applies personally to this remarkable Jesuit scholar:
I prayed, and prudence was given me;
I pleaded, and the spirit of Wisdom came to me.
I preferred her to scepter and throne,
And deemed riches nothing in comparison with her,
nor did I liken any priceless gem to her;
Because all gold, in view of her, is a little sand,
and before her, silver is to be accounted mire.
Beyond health and comeliness I loved her,
And I chose to have her rather than the light,
because the splendor of her never yields to sleep.
St. Robert understood and appreciated the fact that faith and reason were not opposed to one another. This scholar saint spent his life in the service of truth and through his teachings, writings and the witness of his daily life as a priest, proclaimed the truth without ambiguity during the period of the Counter Reformation.
Students and teachers are able to find in St. Robert a model of deep faith, intellectual acumen and a single-minded dedication to research and study. The life and work of Cardinal Bellermine invite all of us to follow his example and to place ourselves at the service of Faith and Reason.
May Saint Robert intercede for us during this new School Term and may his intercession lead us to Christ in whom is to be found all Truth.