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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 30: INEFFABLE

https://pixabay.com/en/sun-holding-sunset-yoga-female-2571158/ *** INEFFABLE *** Beatrice’s beauty In Mystic Empyrean Is ineffable *** NOTE: Throughout the Paradise, Beatrice’s beauty has increased the closer she came to God. Now, here in the dwelling place of God, her beauty is ineffable and the … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Art Anecdotes

As an Impressionist painter, Claude Monet was obsessed with recreating the effect of light on various objects. In 1890, he began painting a picture of meules—stacks of wheat or oats. The light changed suddenly, so he got another canvas and … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 20: THE ROMAN EMPEROR TRAJAN

Source: Wiki Commons (Public Domain) *** THE ROMAN EMPEROR TRAJAN *** Trajan lived again Accepted Christ and then he Died as a Christian *** NOTE: According to a medieval legend, Pope Gregory the Great (died 604 CE) was so impressed … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 19: “CHRIST! CHRIST!”

https://pixabay.com/en/truth-lie-street-sign-contrast-257160/ *** “CHRIST! CHRIST!” *** Some who call “Christ! Christ!” Are Christians in name only They are far from God *** NOTE: On the Day of Judgment, being Christian is enough to get you into Paradise, but merely saying you … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 6: POLITICS

https://pixabay.com/en/politics-political-election-letters-2361943/ *** POLITICS *** Theme of Politics Very important in the Divine Comedy *** NOTE: Obviously, Canto 6 in the Inferno, Canto 6 in the Paradise, and Canto 6 in the Paradisehave the topic of politics in common. In the … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 4: Saint Lawrence

Source: Anonymous, Mexican Painter, mid-19thcentury, via Wikimedia Commons *** SAINT LAWRENCE *** Lawrence kept his vow His absolute will was strong He was grilled alive *** NOTE: Saint Lawrence, a deacon of the Church of Rome, was ordered to hand … Continue reading

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Dante’s PARADISE, Canto 4: ABSOLUTE WILL AND CONDITIONED WILL

https://pixabay.com/en/wine-corks-heart-wine-cork-love-1567598/ *** ABSOLUTE WILL AND CONDITIONED WILL *** People of good will Are sometimes forced to do wrong. Should they then be blamed? *** NOTE: In some cases, they can be blamed. Absolute will means absolutely wanting to do something. … Continue reading

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