Monthly Archives: December 2015

Canto 5: Rejecting God’s Friendship

By Fr. Marcus Pollard In Canto 5 of the Inferno we find ourselves descending into the first stage of hell where people are being actively punished for their sins. This is unlike the prior level, limbo—the home of unbaptized souls

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Canto 4: Where Dante Encounters the Naturally Virtuous

By Amy MacKinnon This canto begins with Dante suddenly waking up in Limbo. “Limbo” means ‘rim’, and Dante places it on the rim, or edge, of hell. What is going on here theologically? As Anthony Esolen points out in his

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Canto 3: A Reflection on the Lukewarm

By Lou Massett When Saint John Paul II declared 2000 a Jubliee year, I decided to go on a pilgrimage to Europe to see the “old bones” of Christendom, pray where the saints prayed, and enter the Eternal City for

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Canto 2: Mercy Rains Down from Heaven

By Fr. David Tedesche In this second canto of the Inferno, Dante gets ready to begin his descent into hell under the guidance of Virgil. In a way, this second canto is really the first canto of the Inferno. This

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Canto 1: Lost in the Deep Woods

By Noëlle Hiester The Divine Comedy opens with Dante—both author and principle character—finding himself lost in a “dark wilderness.” It is Good Friday of the year 1300 (a Jubilee Year, like the current Year of Mercy). Dante notes that he

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Paradiso Summary

Paradiso Summary

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