Monthly Archives: June 2016

Canto 17: A Tale of Two Cities

By Fr. Christopher Gray Following our guide’s own example, pause for a second to marvel at the amazing things Dante is accomplishing in his mashup of images and sources. Just a couple cantos ago, we encountered three examples of mercy:

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Canto 16: God’s Law Will Set You Free

By Fr. Christopher Seiler God placed in the human soul an irascible appetite that is ordered to self-preservation and the avoidance of evil. When this God-given passion goes awry, the human soul becomes wrathful. In this sixteenth canto Dante finds

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Canto 15: Seeing Clearly

By Nicholas Dube It is now 3 p.m. and as Dante and Virgil round the mountain the sun shines upon their faces.  But a different light suddenly blinds Dante, so dazzling in its intensity that when Dante attempts to shield

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Canto 13: Envy and the Zero-Sum-Game Mentality

By Christine Schintgen What does envy have to do with mercy? Dante shows us how by its very nature envy is diametrically opposed to mercy. If mercy desires to bestow kindness on the other because God has bestowed kindness on

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Canto 12: Art Draws Man Deeper into Truth

By Bill Cook I often think of Purgatorio 12 when I am in Florence. My favorite church there is San Miniato al Monte which, as the name suggests, is on a hill overlooking Florence. Last summer I climbed the ancient

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Canto 11: Moving Toward True Humility

By Nora Hamerman “O vanity of human powers, / how briefly lasts the crowning green of glory, / unless an age of darkness follows!” [lines 91-93] These words set the stage to untangle the moral knot that Dante proposes in

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Canto 10: The Burden of Pride

By Nora Hamerman “And further I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven” (Mt 19:24). These words of Jesus’

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Canto 9: The Only Way is Forward

By Caitlin Bootsma As he sleeps, Dante begins Canto 9 with a dream. In what can only be explained as foreshadowing of the purification to come, Dante is seized by an eagle and brought to a “sphere of fire” wherein

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