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Wishing all of you a wonderful, grace-filled, joyous feast of St. Robert Bellarmine!

For those who do not know, there is a papal panegyric on this wonderful doctor, here:
http://www.strobertbellarmine.net/bellarminedoctor.html

"God in his great providence has from the beginnings of Christ's Church even up to more recent times continually raised up men distinguished by learning and holiness to defend and illuminate the truths of the Catholic faith and opportunely to repair the damage inflicted by heretics on those same Christian truths."

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Sat May 12, 2007 10:29 pm
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Collect for the Feast of St. Robert Bellarmine

O God, who didst adorn blessed Robert, Thy Bishop and Doctor, with marvelous learning and virtue to expose the deceptions of error and to defend the rights of the Apostolic see, grant that, by his merits and intercession, love for the truth may increase in us and the souls of the erring may return to the unity of Thy Church.


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Thanks Robert. Happy feast day to you!

In case anybody hasn't noticed, today is also the ninetieth anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

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And again, to all, a happy feast day of this great saint and Providential teacher for our era.

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He repeats over and over and over again the book in which we use for all our arguments. The Master of Disputations 8) , so we are in good hands after all.

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His “Disputations on controversies of the Christian Faith” against heretics constitute “clearly the most noble” and arduous work.


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This, the greatest of Bellarmine's works deftly refuted the new attacks which the Magdeburgians had but recently carried out with their “Centuries” as they say, by means of which, especially by employing speciously historical arguments and the testimonies of the Fathers and the ancients, they had attempted to destroy the Roman Church.


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No wonder therefore that as soon as Bellarmine's “Disputations on controversies of the Christian faith” were read in the City [i.e. Rome], in the Gregorian University, they abundantly surpassed all expectations of them that they had aroused: that they were printed and published again and again, being desired and sought after continually by everyone; that their author was regarded by very many Catholic theologians not only in his own times, but even in our own, as the Master of Controversies.


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But it is an outstanding achievement of St Robert, that the rights and privileges divinely bestowed upon the Supreme Pontiff, and those also which were not yet recognised by all the children of the Church at that time, such as the infallible magisterium of the Pontiff speaking ex cathedra, he both invincibly proved and most learnedly defended against his adversaries. Moreover he appeared even up to our times as a defender of the Roman Pontiff of such authority that the Fathers of the [1870] Vatican Council employed his writings and opinions to the greatest possible extent. Nor to be passed over in silence are his sacred sermons and catechetical works, especially the famous Catechism “which has been approved by its use throughout the ages and by the judgement of very many of the Church's bishops and doctors”.


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As a lamp placed on a candlestick to give light to all that are in the house, he illuminated by word and deed Catholics and those straying from the unity of the Church; as a star in the firmament of the sky he laid bare the truth which he promoted above all else to all men of good will “by the magnificent rays of his knowledge, rays as wide as they were high, by the splendour of his outstanding and brilliant genius”; the first apologist not only of his own age but of subsequent ages as well, by the strenuous defence of the Catholic dogmas that he took upon himself he commended himself to the memory and admiration of all those who follow the Church of Christ with genuine love.


Talk about being convicted of your opinions as the true ones, in the most solemn possible manner. Amazing!

+Saint Bellarmine, pray for us!+

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