Monthly Archives: October 2016

Canto 24: The Teacher Questions the Student- What is Faith?

By Jodi Schott Faith…what is faith? It is a strong belief in God and in the revealed truths of sacred Scripture. This is the topic of canto 24 in which St. Peter himself tests Dante like a teacher tests his

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Canto 23: Keeping Focused on the Vision of God

By Fr. Justin Miller Paradiso 23 has been called “Gabriel’s Song.” Gabriel indeed makes an appearance by coming down from heaven like a “little torch” of “Angelic Love” to announce the blessedness of Mary’s womb. Yet, this archangelic messenger plays

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Canto 22: Rebuilding the Monastic Ideal

By Joel Morehouse One of the greatest losses of World War II was the historic monastery of Monte Cassino, destroyed by Allied forces during the early months of 1944. Despite lack of evidence, Allied forces dropped 1,400 tons of heavy

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Canto 21: The Simplest Gift

By Fr. Joe McCaffrey There is a marvelous, wondrous moment in the latter part of this canto. After Dante asks questions that cannot be answered, after Dante wonders why there is no music to be heard in this level so

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Canto 19: A Bit of Perspective

By Shannon Loughlin In Canto 19, Dante stands before the Eagle formed by the light of souls, and wrestles once again with an issue that has plagued him in one way or another throughout his journey: divine justice. In this

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Canto 18: To Love Justice

By Fr. George Heyman Canto 18 opens with Dante sorrowing over his exile from his beloved Florence. However, Beatrice encourages him to take his mind off the bitter prophecy, commenting that she is “close to him who lightens every unjust

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Canto 17: The Martyr’s Courage, the Prophet’s Freedom

By Ron Herzman Location, Location, Location. It is no accident that Canto 17 is the exact center of the Paradiso, with sixteen cantos coming before and sixteen after. It is literally and thematically its center. We are in the Heaven

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Canto 14: Nothing is Lost in Paradise

By Fr. Christopher Seiler If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us? Are we not perhaps afraid to give up

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