Saint Robert’s father always wished that his son would take up a political career. Saint Robert decided upon entering the Society of Jesus instead. In 1560, he entered the novitiate in Rome and stayed there for three years. From there, he moved to a Jesuit monastery in Piedmont and studied Greek.
Saint Robert Bellarmine also studied theology at the University of Padua and continued his studies at Leuven in Brussels. He became the first Jesuit to teach a course in the university. He lived in Leuven for seven years.
Writings of Saint Robert Bellermine
Saint Robert Bellermine spent eleven years writing the Disputationes, which systematized the religious controversies of the time. The popularity of his writing spread throughout Europe and causes a severe blow to Protestantism. The Disputationes of Saint Robert revived the Catholic Church. The work consists of four volumes:
- The word of God, Christ, and the Pope
- The authority of ecumenical councils
- The sacraments
- Divine grace, free will, justification, and good works
When Saint Robert Bellarmine retired, he wrote several books geared to the ordinary person. These books helped Catholics to understand and strengthen their spiritual lives.
- The Mind’s ascent to God
- The Art of Dying Well
- The Seven Words on the Cross