The Seven Words on the Cross - St. Robert Bellarmine - Chapters 1-8


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An examination of, and meditation upon, the seven sayings spoken by Jesus on the cross -- aka "the seven last words" -- as well as the associated total solar eclipse. Every saying is examined from different perspectives, each intended to make the reader think more deeply about Jesus' life and death and feel the sayings' applications to his own life. The writer also provides various suggestions for enriching one's faith life and doing good.

St. Robert Bellarmine was a famous and controversial figure, deeply involved in the Counter-Reformation, apologetics, theological disputes, and the development of legal theory. His work eventually provided the natural law underpinnings for the American Revolution. After his retirement, he wrote several devotional books for normal people which became international bestsellers, including this


First Word: Father, Forgive Them, For They Know Not What They Do: Literal Meaning

first Fruit to be Drawn from Consideration of the First Word

Second Fruit of the First Word

Second Word: Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with Me in Paradise

First Fruit of the Second Word

Second Fruit of the Second Word

Third Fruit of the Second WOrd

Third Word: Behold they son - Behold they Mother

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