Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 30: THE ROSE

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THE ROSE

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a river of light;

with better vision, Dante

sees it is a rose

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NOTE: Dante sees a number of things in the Mystic Empyrean. He sees a river of light. The banks of the river have flowers. He sees sparks of light going back and forth between the river and the riverbanks. However, more is to be seen here. Beatrice tells him that he has to drink the water of the river — with his eyes. That will allow him to see even more. Dante does this, and he sees that the sparks of light are actually angels and the flowers are actually the souls of the Blessed in Paradise. The angels go back and forth from the souls and God. They bring graces from God to the souls, and they bring praises from the souls to God. Dante describes the souls of the Blest as forming a Rose. This Rose has more than a thousand tiers; it is gigantic. What Dante is seeing now is ultimate reality. The Rose is almost completely filled with souls, although a few empty spaces remain for future saved souls. We should note that the laws of physics do not apply in the Mystic Empyrean, which is beyond space and time. Dante can see each face of the Blest clearly.

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PARADISE: CANTO 30 RETELLING

https://davidbruceblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/06/dantes-paradise-canto-30-retelling-mystic-empyrean-the-river-of-light-the-mystical-rose/

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