Monthly Archives: August 2018

Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 21: THE LADDER

https://pixabay.com/en/artwork-head-jacob-s-ladder-arrow-797/ *** THE LADDER *** Dante sees ladder Means Spiritual Vision It is a symbol *** NOTE: Four planets are devoted to the cardinal virtues: wisdom, courage, justice, and temperance. Each planet has a symbol. The Sun is devoted to … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 21: CONTEMPLATIVES

https://pixabay.com/en/monk-man-monastery-archway-cowl-2173524/ *** CONTEMPLATIVES *** They are temperate They do not overindulge in food, sex, or wine. *** NOTE: On Saturn, the planet of temperance, we find the contemplatives. The contemplatives contemplate God, and possibly they occasionally enjoy a direct experience … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 21: SATURN

https://pixabay.com/en/planet-saturn-saturn-s-rings-67672/ *** SATURN *** Temperance planet Planet of moderation The mean between extremes *** NOTE:One should not be temperate in some things. One is Love. Unconditional Love is not temperate. However, even though Beatrice’s beauty is not temperate — she … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 20: MOTIVES AND CONSEQUENCES

https://pixabay.com/en/sculpture-constantine-york-history-70620/ *** MOTIVES AND CONSEQUENCES *** Bad consequences Donation of Constantine But a good motive *** NOTE: The Emperor Constantine moved the capital of the Roman Empire east to Constantinople in 330 CE. This left the Popes in charge of … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Alcohol Anecdotes

The Doubner Maggid once ate dinner at the house of a wealthy man, who urged him to drink. The Maggid drank one glass of wine, and the wealthy man asked him to drink another, which the Maggid did, despite protesting, … Continue reading

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Dante’s PURGATORY, Canto 20: BE SLOW TO JUDGE

https://pixabay.com/en/gavel-auction-hammer-justice-legal-3577254/ *** BE SLOW TO JUDGE *** Eagle gives advice Living ones, be slow to judge God is the true judge *** NOTE: We should be slow to judge, or perhaps it is best if we don’t try to decide … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 20: RIPHEUS

https://pixabay.com/en/statue-louvre-paris-aeneas-534340/ *** RIPHEUS *** He so loved justice That implicit faith saved him He died a Christian *** NOTE: Ripheus is a very minor character in Virgil’s Aeneid; only a few lines are devoted to him. He died in the … Continue reading

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