Saturday, July 01, 2006

Library sale!


This time I made out pretty well with Dante (all three sections of the Divine Comedy), The Little Flowers of St. Francis, a brief section of the Summa Theologica, a biography of G.K. Chesterton, and a copy of the play A Man for All Seasons. The total was $2.00 - pretty good!

Of course the first thing I did when I got home was to turn to the very last page of the Paradisio and read Dante's very last line, when he is enjoying God in Heaven: "To the high fantasy here power failed; but now my desire and my will were revolved, like a wheel which is moved evenly, by the Love which moves the sun and the other stars."

"The Love which moves the sun and the other stars." THAT is why Dante is a great, never-to-be-equaled master of poetry.

Love is, of course, the secret to understanding God and the Christian religion. It's no accident that Dante devotes part of one of the last cantos to a brief discourse on love. Deus caritas est. God is love!

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