Saint Robert Bellarmine, 1542–1621
Saint Robert Bellarmine, an Italian priest, lived at a time when Catholics and Protestants were fighting each other. He spent his life explaining and defending Catholic teaching. He wrote a catechism explaining what Catholics believe. But he also knew that God loves all people. He prayed daily for unity in the People of God. Saint Robert understood that even when we disagree with someone, we must still remember them in prayer. He knew that God wants all people to be happy with him in Heaven.
Discuss: In what ways can you respectfully help people understand the Church and her teachings?
Saint Robert is a patron of catechumens, several schools, canonists and canon lawyers, and catechists. As a child, he composed poems and hymns in Italian and Latin. Later in life he learned Greek as well. As well as being a cardinal and archbishop, Saint Robert was a professor of theology and the head of the Vatican Library. As one of the Catholic Church’s most passionate defenders, he is known as a Doctor of the Church.
Explain that Robert Bellarmine prayed for unity among the People of God. We should do the same.