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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 33 Retelling — Saint Bernard Prays to Mary; The Trinity and Christ’s Dual Nature

Chapter 33: Mystic Empyrean — Saint Bernard Prays to Mary; The Trinity and Christ’s Dual Nature Saint Bernard began his prayer with the language of paradox — actually, a trinity of paradoxes: “You, Mary, are the Virgin Mother. You, Mary, … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 32 Retelling — Mystic Empyrean — Saint Bernard and the Saints in the Rose

Chapter 32: Mystic Empyrean — Saint Bernard and the Saints in the Rose Still contemplating Mary, Saint Bernard — Dante’s newest guide — wanted Dante to study the Mystic Empyrean with all of its saved souls and good Angels. Saint … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 31 Retelling — Mystic Empyrean — Saint Bernard

Chapter 31: Mystic Empyrean — Saint Bernard Dante looked and saw the White Rose, and making up the White Rose was the host of the saved souls: those whom Christ had made His own with the Cross. Some of these … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 30 Retelling — Mystic Empyrean — The River of Light; The Mystical Rose

Chapter 30: Mystic Empyrean — The River of Light; The Mystical Rose When the Sun is over India, dawn arrives in Italy. As the Sun rises, the stars disappear. The faintest stars disappear first, and the brightest stars disappear last. … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 29 Retelling — Primum Mobile — The Creation and Fall of Angels

Chapter 29: Primum Mobile — The Creation and Fall of Angels Briefly and silently, Beatrice looked at the Point of brilliant light and the nine rings of fire circling it. Upon that Point balanced the universe. Imagine the Earth at … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 28 Retelling — Primum Mobile — The Hierarchy of Angels

Chapter 28: Primum Mobile — The Hierarchy of Angels Dante the Poet thought, At this time Beatrice and I were in the Primum Mobile, the outer edge and end of the material universe. What lay ahead of us? The Mystic … Continue reading

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Dante’s Paradise: Canto 27 Retelling — Gemini — Heaven’s Wrath at the Sinful Church; The Primum Mobile

Chapter 27: Gemini — Heaven’s Wrath at the Sinful Church; The Primum Mobile All the souls sang, “Glory to Father and Son and Holy Spirit!” This song gladdened Dante. The entire universe seemed to smile, and it seemed as if … Continue reading

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