Monthly Archives: July 2018

Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 9: VENUS’ EXCESSIVE LOVERS

https://pixabay.com/en/couple-making-out-young-people-731890/ *** VENUS’ EXCESSIVE LOVERS *** People who lived with Excessive sexual desire Talk with Dante here *** NOTE: Dante does not tell us of his friend Charles Martel’s specific sins, but we do meet three other excessive lovers in … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 9: FORGIVENESS

https://pixabay.com/en/girl-lady-hand-rosary-pray-woman-706667/ *** FORGIVENESS *** Cunizza says this: “Gladly I forgive in me “That which caused my fate.” *** NOTE: This is a joyous utterance. People in Paradise do not beat themselves up because of their sin. They know that God … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 8: CHARLES MARTEL

https://pixabay.com/en/lily-red-blossom-bloom-daylily-3495722/ *** CHARLES MARTEL *** Some good, worthy souls Can reach Paradise early He’s been dead five years *** NOTE: Charles Martel is in Paradise despite dying only five years earlier. Some saved souls spend hundreds of years climbing the … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 8: BEATRICE’S BEAUTY

https://pixabay.com/en/solar-system-sun-mercury-venus-439046/ *** BEATRICE’S BEAUTY *** She’s more beautiful The closer she gets to God And to Paradise *** NOTE: Dante knows that Beatrice and he have traveled to Venus from Mercury because Beatrice is more beautiful. In Dante’s medieval cosmology, … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 8: VENUS

https://pixabay.com/en/painting-la-nascita-di-venere-63186/ *** VENUS *** The planet of love Heredity is the theme Parents and children *** NOTE: Who do good parents sometimes produce bad children? Why do bad parents sometimes produce good children? According to Charles Martel, a friend whom … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 8: WORK

https://pixabay.com/en/king-crown-history-romania-1304612/ *** WORK *** Be fit for life’s work A priest should not be a king Work should fit one’s skills *** NOTE: We have various capabilities and potentialities. A person who would be a good priest ought not to … Continue reading

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David Bruce: William Shakespeare’s 1 HENRY VI: A Retelling in Prose — Act 2, Scenes 2-3

— 2.2 — The English had taken the town of Orleans. Inside the town, Lord Talbot, the Duke of Bedford, the Duke of Burgundy, a Captain, and some others were standing. The Duke of Bedford said, “The day begins to … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 7: GOD’S GIFTS

https://pixabay.com/en/newborn-baby-portrait-girl-3540499/ *** GOD’S GIFTS *** God’s gifts to humans: The soul’s immortality And humans’ free will *** https://davidbruceblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/dantes-paradise-canto-7-retelling-mercury-the-mystery-of-redemption/ *** Free eBooks by David Bruce (pdfs) (Includes Discussion Guides for Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise) https://davidbruceblog.wordpress.com/about-the-blogger/ *** David Bruce’s Lulu Bookstore (Paperbacks) … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE: Canto 7: JUST AND UNJUST PUNISHMENT

https://pixabay.com/en/church-window-church-window-535155/ *** JUST AND UNJUST PUNISHMENT *** Christ’s crucifixion — Human and divine nature — Was just and unjust *** NOTE: Christ is fully divine and fully human. When Christ was crucified, the punishment of his human nature was justified. … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE: Canto 7: RESURRECTION

https://pixabay.com/en/paradise-eden-adam-and-eve-146120/ *** RESURRECTION *** God gave us our souls Made Adam’s and Eve’s bodies We are immortal *** NOTE: Whatever God makes is incorruptible. God made and gave us our souls. God directly made the bodies of Adam and Eve. … Continue reading

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