Saint Robert Bellarmine was the first Jesuit to become a professor at Louvain. His most famous work is his three-volume Disputations on the Controversies of the Christian Faith. The most noteworthy sections were those on the temporal power of the pope and the role of laity. Saint Robert was made a cardinal by Pope Clement VIII on the grounds that “he had not equal for learning”. Robert moved into his new apartment and he limited his household expenses to what was barely essential, eating only what was available to the poor. He took the hangings of his rooms and gave them to the poor saying, “the walls won’t get cold”. Robert Bellarmine died on September 17, 1621. In 1930, Pope Pius XI canonized him, and the next year declared him a doctor of the Church.
God our Father, you gave Robert Bellarmine wisdom and goodness to defend the faith of your Church. By his prayers may we always rejoice in the profession of our faith, amen.
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