Monthly Archives: February 2016

Canto 21: Those Who Play with Fire Get Burned

By Joel Morehouse It’s always interesting to see where various characters end up in the Divine Comedy. Some do well, others seem to get caught by a technicality. While passing through the fifth ditch of Malebolge in Canto 21, Dante’s

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Canto 20: The Creative Power of the Mystery of Life

By Shannon Loughlin In Canto 20, Dante and Virgil descend to the fourth ditch of Malebolge, where the diviners and fortune tellers are tortured. Dante is at first overwhelmed by their punishment, their heads twisted so fully that their tears

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Canto 19: Colluding for Power

By Fr. George Heyman In Canto 19, we enter upon the third “bolgia” of the eighth circle of Hell wherein are punished the “simonists”. Who are these sinners? “Simonists” are those who buy their way into a position of power

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Canto 18: Let Your Yes Mean Yes and Your No Mean No

By Aaron James The beginning of Dante’s journey found the poet at the midpoint of his life, lost in the dark wood of sin. As he enters the eighth circle of hell, Dante has reached another midpoint of sorts: this

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Canto 17: Money for the Sake of Money

“Behold the beast with the barbed tail, who flies past mountains, scattering armies, smashing walls! Behold the beast whose stench sickens the world!” [17.1-3] By Ron Herzman Even by Dante’s standards, that’s a pretty dramatic introduction. The beast is Geryon,

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Canto 16: The Corrupting Influence of Easy Wealth

By Fr. Royce Gregerson In the 16th Canto, we continue to spend time with the same sinners we were with in the 15th Canto—the sodomites. Remember, for their punishment the sodomites are forced into continual motion. Thus the three Florentine

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Canto 15: The Consequences of Choices

By Julie Butler The third round of the 7th circle, with its Blasphemers, Sodomites, and Usurers, is a barren desert whose burning hot sands are subjected to a perpetual rain of fire. There is no way a mortal like Dante

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Canto 14: The Greatness of Good and Evil

By Fr. Peter Mottola In Msgr. Luigi Giussani’s landmark book, The Religious Sense, he tells of an unforgettable conversation he had with a young man, a budding atheist, who said to him:  “Listen, all that you are trying so forcefully

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