Monthly Archives: July 2018

Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 11: GIFTS OF MIND, HEART

https://pixabay.com/en/girl-white-fun-kid-literature-3038974/ *** GIFTS OF MIND, HEART *** The gifts of the mind Wisdom’s focus can vary The gifts of the heart *** Saint Dominic’s focus is on the gifts of the mind, and Saint Francis’ focus is on the gifts … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 11: POVERTY AND HUMILITY

https://pixabay.com/en/st-francis-catholic-saint-holy-1758485/ *** POVERTY AND HUMILITY *** Saint Francis preached both Poverty, humility Lessons for Dante *** NOTE: Saint Thomas Aquinas talks about and praises Saint Francis, who is a very good role model for Dante. Soon Dante will be exiled … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 11: SAINT THOMAS PRAISES SAINT FRANCIS

https://pixabay.com/en/statue-garden-art-1002552/ *** SAINT THOMAS PRAISES SAINT FRANCIS *** No jealousy here Thomas now praises Francis They are not rivals *** NOTE: Thomas Aquinas is a Dominican monk, and yet he talks about the Franciscans in Canto 11. Here Saint Thomas … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE,Canto 10: SEEKERS AFTER WISDOM

https://pixabay.com/en/hillary-clinton-hillary-clinton-1754429/ *** SEEKERS AFTER WISDOM *** Siger and Thomas True seekers after wisdom Sometimes disagree *** NOTE: Both Siger of Brabant and Saint Thomas Aquinas are among the wise saved souls in Paradise. Siger of Brabant was a Belgian whose … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 10: SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS

Source: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain) *** SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS *** A very wise man Medieval philosopher A learned scholar *** NOTE: We regard Saint Thomas as the dominant Catholic theologian. Dante’s opinion of Saint Thomas agrees with our opinion of … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 10: THE SUN

https://pixabay.com/en/sun-fireball-solar-flare-sunlight-11582/ *** THE SUN *** Symbol of wisdom Dante meets souls of the wise Light equals wisdom *** NOTE: Here Dante will see many souls of the wise, and he will speak to Saint Thomas Aquinas and to Saint Bonaventura. … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 10: WISDOM

https://pixabay.com/en/books-reading-pages-textbooks-1149959/ *** WISDOM *** Wisdom’s communal — we share it and build on it — And cumulative *** NOTE: Two facts about wisdom are that it is communal and it is cumulative. Think about the way that we accumulate knowledge … Continue reading

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