The Seven Last Words from the Cross
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By St. Robert Bellarmine, S.J. | Introduction by Christian D. Washburn, Ph.D.
The Seven Last Words from the Cross, first published in 1618 amidst the Catholic Counter-Reformation, is a powerful reflection on the final words of Jesus Christ. In its pages, St. Robert Bellarmine, S.J., provides a profound guide for meditation on the way of the cross and the mystery of our redemption. These seven words, the “last sermon” of the world’s Redeemer, comprise everything that the prophets foretold about Christ: his preaching, prayers, sufferings, and miracles. The Seven Last Words from the Cross holds a wealth of insight for the whole of the Christian life, pointing always to Christ, who was lifted up on the cross so “that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”
“True to his spiritual father St. Ignatius, Bellarmine invites us to enter into relationship with Christ and his passion so we can be changed by it. Christian Washburn has done a great service to the Church in making this spiritual treatise available to a modern audience.”
~Most Reverend Andrew Cozzens, Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis
St. Robert Bellarmine, S.J., was an eminent Jesuit theologian and cardinal. He authored numerous theological works, foremost amongst them The Controversies, a sweeping, three-volume refutation of Protestant errors, as well as several devotional works. He was canonized in 1930 and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1931.
Christian D. Washburn, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Dogmatic Theology, at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, in St. Paul, Minnesota. His articles have appeared in The Thomist, Nova et Vetera, and Gregorianum. He is also a member of both the National Lutheran–Roman Catholic Dialogue and the International Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity.