Monthly Archives: July 2016

Canto 27: Temperance as the Final Purification

By Jonathon Schott Continuing on through the Terrace of Lust, in this Canto, Dante and his traveling companions encounter an angel, the angel of chaste living, who sings to them beautifully, “blessed are the pure of heart.” Then, flames shoot

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Canto 26: To Be Human Is To Love

By Jodi Schott In today’s culture of instant gratification, people often equate sexual desire with a need to immediately express that desire. However, we must say to this culture: “Not so fast!” Sexual desire and its expression are not always

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Canto 25: Our Pain is Our Solace

By Ellen Reilander Canto 25 begins with our little group of three travelers climbing, single file, up the narrow gap and flight of stairs to the final terrace of the Mountain of Purgatory. This terrace, the terrace of the Lustful,

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Canto 24: Creation as a Sacramental

By Joel Morehouse Appetite and desire are strange things. Like an emotion, which “moves us out” from mental stasis to activity, the appetite seeks satisfaction. A good appetite is a sign of health, but like so many other aspects of

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Canto 23: The Mercy of God and the Mercy of Others

By Fr. Joe McCaffrey Dante begins this canto on gluttony searching for the voice which has told him of those who have been satisfied by fasting, such as John the Baptist with his sparse diet of locusts and honey. But

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Canto 22: God Uses All to Bring Us Closer

By Shannon Loughlin Newly freed from his trials in purgatory, the Roman poet Statius joins Dante and Virgil in canto 22 on their climb up the mountain. It is in this canto that we hear the fullness of Virgil’s influence

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Canto 21: Living Water

By Fr. George Heyman Still plagued by questions as Canto 20 ends Dante struggles to understand several things as Canto 21 opens. Why did the earth quake? [20.127] What was the meaning of the acclamation, “Glory to God in the

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Canto 20: Beginning to Purge the Sins of the She-Wolf

By Sebastian Mahfood In Canto 20 of the Purgatorio, we find that Dante leaves Pope Adrian V to finish his purgation in peace though Dante is still thirsty for more conversation from him. Given the rather significant population of souls

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Canto 19: Hope to Press Forward

By Fr. Paul Tomasso It might be natural to try to forget that one is in Purgatory but this is impossible in Canto 19 because the very opening verses are gray and mysterious with references to the heatless light of

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Canto 18: Moving Promptly Toward the Good

By Fr. Peter Mottola As he continues his journey up the mountain of Purgatory, Dante encounters a large group of the slothful. These souls, who in life were slow to pursue what they knew to be good, are now running

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