“The school of Christ is the school of charity. On the last day, when the general examination takes place, there will be no question at all on the text of Aristotle, the aphorisms of Hippocrates, or the paragraphs of Justinian. Charity will be the whole syllabus.”

-St. Robert Bellarmine

Today, September 17th, is the Feast Day of St. Robert Bellarmine.

He was an Italian Jesuit and Cardinal. He was canonized a Saint in 1930, and named a Doctor of the Church. He was one of the most influential figures in the Counter-Reformation.

Man, his quote above really hit me right in the gut this morning.

I’m guilty of getting caught up in the intellectual side of Catholicism too much.

Knowing and studying apologetics, philosophy, Church history, etc is great, but if it’s not accompanied with the love and charity that St. Robert speaks about, it’s all for nothing.

God, forgive me. 

St. Robert Bellarmine, pray for us!