Robert Bellarmine, Introduction to His Life and Spiritual Writings

Who was Robert Bellarmine? Robert Bellarmine is a doctor of the Catholic Church, who wrote extensively in defense of the Catholic faith during the late sixteenth century. In this brief episode, we provide an overview of Bellarmine’s life (1542-1621) and work as a teacher, cardinal and spiritual guide. We discuss the brief context of his early life and also the historical background for his magnum opus, The Controversies of the Christian Faith (1586-1593). We conclude by talking about his spiritual writings and his status as the most well-known Catholic author by non-Catholic readers over the past 400 years. Join us this week as we prepare for a series of spiritual readings on prayer and the Christian life.

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