Thursday, October 25, 2007

St. Roberto Bellarmino Wore Rags

After scouring the net I found some more St. Robert Bellarmine pictures to add to the collection.

I am absolutely positive St. Bellarmine would not like so many of his pictures in one place. But hey the man wore only one Cardinal outfit. Despite his friends best effort to get him some new clothes. His patches had patches. Just think this was an extremely popular man.

What would your impression be of a man in a highly visible office wearing rags? Think about it.

That gown and under garments was in shreds by the time he died. He would have it no other way though. His role model was St. Francis of Asissi. Little Roberto Francesco Romolo Bellarmino was even born on St. Francis' feast day October 4, 1542.

Cardinal Roberto Bellarmino loved brother poverty and would spend his life giving away every penny he had.

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