We look back now at the whole period of the Reformation and see how many great men and women God raised up to highlight the errors of the time. One such person was Robert Bellarmine. Born in Tuscany in 1542 he joined the Jesuits as a young man and became a priest.
Robert had a brilliant mind, was a great theologian and a wonderful teacher. He engaged in arguments in defense of the Catholic faith and taught in the Collegio Romano, the university at Rome.
Eventually he became a Cardinal and bishop of Capua. However, it was his ability to answer the Reformers questions and to point out their errors that made him great.
St Robert Bellarmine was credited with a gift of explaining the truths of the faith, including those involving the most controversy, with an ease and simplicity that made sense to the people.
We look back and think "How could the reformers not see that they were wrong?" In years to come people shall look back to this period and think "how could the secularists not hear what John Paul and Benedict were saying? They wrote and proved that the culture of death was destroying Western civilization. Were the leaders blind?"
It is easy to look back and point out the areas where society went wrong. Our challenge today is to open ourselves to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to open our hearts and pray that our eyes see what is happening around us and to have the courage to defend the Truth with ease and simplicity.