Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 9: two keys






Angel has two keys

Both keys must open the gate

One gold, one silver


NOTE: The gold key is the God-given authority to absolve — forgive — a person who has sinned. The silver key is the act of absolution. To be absolved of sin, a person must really repent sin and not be trying to scam God. Once the gate is open, the repentant sinner can pass through and enter Purgatory Proper.





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