St. Robert Bellarmine
Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of the Church
St. Robert Bellarmine, of whom Pope Clement VIII said: “The Church of God had not his equal in learning.” Was born in 1542 at Montepulciano and died in 1621. He entered the Society of Jesus, we made a Cardinal and defense of the rights of the Church. During St. Aloysius last years, St. Robert was his spiritual director. He was beatified in 1923, canonized and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1931. He is the patron of catechetical instruction and members of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine may gain a plenary indulgence on his feast day under the usual conditions.
Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS
Introit • Ecclus. 15, 5
In the midst of the church the Lord opened his mouth: and filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding: He clothed him with a robe of glory. (P.T. Alleluia, alleluia.) Ps. 91, 2. It is good to give praise to the Lord: and to sing to Thy name, O Most High. Glory be …
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 Apostolic See, grant that, by his merits and intercession, love for the truth may increase in us and the souls of the erroring may return to the unity of Thy Church. Through the same.
Epistle • 2 Tim. 4, 1-8
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to Timothy.
[The excellence of wisdom: how she is to be found.]
Wherefore I wished, and understanding was given me: and I called upon God, and the spirit of wisdom came upon me: And I preferred her before kingdoms and thrones, and esteemed riches nothing in comparison of her. Neither did I compare unto her any precious stone: for all gold in comparison of her, is as a little sand, and silver in respect to her shall be counted as clay. I loved her above health and beauty, and chose to have her instead of light: for her light cannot be put out.
Now all good things came to me together with her, and innumerable riches through her hands, And I rejoiced in all these: for this wisdom went before me, and I knew not that she was the mother of them all. Which I have learned without guile, and communicate without envy, and her riches I hide not. For she is an infinite treasure to men! which they that use, become the friends of God, being commended for the gift of discipline.
Alleluia, alleluia. Dan. 12, 3. They that are learned shall shine as the brightness of the firmament. Alleluia. Thy that instruct many to justice, as stars for all eternity. Alleluia.
Gospel • Matt. 5, 13-19
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew.
[Christ's sermon upon the mount. The eight beatitudes.]
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples, You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men. You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house.
So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For amen I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot, or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled. He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Offertory • Ps. 72, 28
It is good for me to adhere to my God, to put my hope in my Lord, that I may declare all Thy praises in the gates of the daughter of Sion. alleluia.
We offer this sacrifice unto Thee, O Lord, for an odor of sweetness; grant that, taught by the instruction and example of blessed Robert, we may with enlarged heart run the way of Thy commandments. Through our Lord.
Communion • Matt. 5, 14
You are the light of the world: so let your light shine before all men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father Who is in heaven. Alleluia.
May the sacraments which we have received, O Lord, our God, inflame us with that fire of love which ardently consumed blessed Robert and let him to spend himself continually for Thy Church. Through our Lord.