Category: Pope Francis
“In fashion then as of a snow-white rose Displayed itself to me the saintly host…”(Canto XXXI) In Canto XXXI, the Glory of Paradise, the snow-white rose is portrayed. It struck me immediately as being a representation of the Eucharist[i], though Dante’s depiction defines it as pedals of ancient believers (pre-Christ) and believer’s post-Christ. The snow-white rose presents a symbol within the larger poetical allegory … Read More Paradiso by Dante Alighieri
A gem of a presentation by Rev. Jerome Murphy O-Connor that in 11 brief pages or about 25 minutes of lecture tackles the slippery slope of historical criticism of scripture, its history, and impact on the current day church. Rev. O’Connor describes the descent of the validity of scripture in light of literary and historical criticism and the re-emergence of scripture, or the ascent, … Read More “Can We Write a History of Jesus?” by Rev. Jerome Murphy O-Connor[i]
“This virtue of the great and the small, which always makes us look at the horizon. What does magnanimous mean? It means having a great heart, having greatness of mind; it means having great ideals, the wish to do great things in response to what God asks of us. (It means also)……..to do well the routine……daily actions, task, meetings with people –doing the little … Read More Magnanimity, Mindfulness & God
“The natural was ever without error; But err the other may by evil object, Or by too much. or by too little vigor.” The above quote in canto XVII humanizes existence in purgatory. Purgatory does not move far enough away from the horror of the Inferno and the disproportionate time assigned in purgatory is a hell in and of itself. Still a vivid and … Read More The Divine Comedy: Purgatorio by Dante
Catholic Herald article on Dante and Pope Francis support reading: “Dante is ‘a prophet of hope’ and ‘herald of the possibility of redemption’, says Pontiff Dante’s Divine Comedy is more than a literary masterpiece, it is an invitation “to rediscover the lost or obscured meaning of our human path and to hope to see again the glowing horizon on which the dignity of the … Read More Why Pope Francis recommended Dante?
“The truth is not grasped as a thing; the truth is encountered. It is not a possession; It is an encounter with a Person.” Pope Francis, May 15, 2013 General Audience One word: Truth. We assume and lay claim to the truth everyday. We defend our sense of the truth as if it was absolute, irrefutable, and natural. We take for granted that our edifices … Read More The Truth