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September 17, 2021

St. Robert Bellarmine, SJ

1 Tm 6:2c-12

Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful to them on the ground that they are members of the church; rather they must serve them all the more, since those who benefit by their service are believers and beloved.

Teach and urge these duties. Whoever teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that is in accordance with godliness, is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid craving for controversy and for disputes about words. From these come envy, dissension, slander, base suspicions, and wrangling among those who are depraved in mind and bereft of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.

Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that* we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.

But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

True Riches

Spiritual director. Preacher. Theologian.
Scholar. Professor. Defender of the Faith.
Chair of “Controversial Theology” at the Roman College.
College rector. Jesuit provincial.
Cardinal. (Elevated against his wishes.) Archbishop.
Trusted adviser to three popes.

St. Robert Bellarmine’s resume is impressive! And living in an age when Princes of the Church lived like, well, princes, who would have faulted him for taking advantage of the perks and privileges of his rank and station? No one.

But St. Bellarmine, perhaps owing to his vow of poverty, perhaps having taken to heart St. Paul’s cautionary words “for the love of money is the root of all evils…” lived a simple life. He practiced charity and self-sacrifice. The money he did not spend on himself he gave to the poor.

So it is for us today to examine our own lives. How do we – how do I - live with the natural tensions that arise in trying to follow Christ in a world that places a premium on material wealth? 

Douglas Gleber is the Director of Adult Faith Formation at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, IL.

 

 

Prayer

“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, SJ)

Gracious God, let charity be my life's syllabus and my answer to questions big and small. Amen.

—Douglas Gleber


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September 17, 2021

St. Robert Bellarmine, SJ

1 Tm 6:2c-12

Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful to them on the ground that they are members of the church; rather they must serve them all the more, since those who benefit by their service are believers and beloved.

Teach and urge these duties. Whoever teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that is in accordance with godliness, is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid craving for controversy and for disputes about words. From these come envy, dissension, slander, base suspicions, and wrangling among those who are depraved in mind and bereft of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain.

Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that* we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.

But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

True Riches

Spiritual director. Preacher. Theologian.
Scholar. Professor. Defender of the Faith.
Chair of “Controversial Theology” at the Roman College.
College rector. Jesuit provincial.
Cardinal. (Elevated against his wishes.) Archbishop.
Trusted adviser to three popes.

St. Robert Bellarmine’s resume is impressive! And living in an age when Princes of the Church lived like, well, princes, who would have faulted him for taking advantage of the perks and privileges of his rank and station? No one.

But St. Bellarmine, perhaps owing to his vow of poverty, perhaps having taken to heart St. Paul’s cautionary words “for the love of money is the root of all evils…” lived a simple life. He practiced charity and self-sacrifice. The money he did not spend on himself he gave to the poor.

So it is for us today to examine our own lives. How do we – how do I - live with the natural tensions that arise in trying to follow Christ in a world that places a premium on material wealth? 

Douglas Gleber is the Director of Adult Faith Formation at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, IL.

 

 

Prayer

“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, SJ)

Gracious God, let charity be my life's syllabus and my answer to questions big and small. Amen.

—Douglas Gleber


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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