Non-Dome Above St. Robert

It's just a painting on the flat ceiling that looks like a dome.

It would have been too much to hope that the Lord would give us a second St. Thomas Aquinas, just when we needed him. But He did: St. Robert Bellarmine, S.J.

St. Robert died 390 years ago today, after having made mincemeat out of every false Protestant doctrine.

The saint’s mortal remains lie in the south transept of the church of St. Ignatius in Rome. Most churches in the city lift Roman domes into the sky. The church of St. Ignatius does not, but you think it does.

These Jesuits are full of neat tricks.

2 thoughts on “Non-Dome Above St. Robert

  1. Father Mark,

    As I think I shared two months ago, I am taken by the chapel at Holy Trinity in Georgetown. The statue of St. Ignatius is lunging toward the crucified Christ, across the forty-foot chasm between them, twenty feet up in the air. Seemingly, he, himself, is mesmerized (be still Franz) by the beauty of that which he beholds.

    There is a point at which faux art becomes reality; and I’ll offer that point is when it inspires us to a higher understanding of God.



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