Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 4: Belacqua


Engraver: Auguste Doré




Lazy Belacqua

Did not pursue good with zeal

One of the slothful


NOTE: The unrepentant slothful are in the Inferno. Dante was afraid that Belacqua, his lazy friend, was in the Inferno, but Belacqua sincerely repented his sins and will be in Paradise. God can forgive any sin if it is sincerely repented. Since the slothful kept God waiting by not zealously pursuing good, God keeps them waiting; they will be allowed to climb the Mountain of Purgatory, but not yet.




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