Dante’s Roadmap to Paradise

Dante’s Roadmap to Paradise

This is the fifth of our series The Summa in Verse. Dante’s vision of the afterlife centers upon two features: order and motion. The world is truly ordered and orderly, and yet within it there is great movement. It is clear to all that there is order within the world, that the world follows certain... [Read more...]

The Paradiso and the Fulfillment of Our Final End

The Paradiso and the Fulfillment of Our Final End

This is the fourth of our series The Summa in Verse. Thinking is hard work, especially when it’s about lofty and abstract things. It’s the last thing that comes to mind when we want to relax. More typically, we take off our shoes, stretch out on the couch, and put on a mindless movie or television... [Read more...]

The Purgatorio and the Attainment of True Freedom

The Purgatorio and the Attainment of True Freedom

This is the third of our series The Summa in Verse. Dante’s Purgatorio graphically illustrates the principles of St. Thomas’ treatise on the moral life (the enormous Secunda Pars of his Summa Theologiae): in living the life of the theological virtues by God’s grace, human beings become ever more... [Read more...]

The Inferno and the Gravity of Desire

The Inferno and the Gravity of Desire

This is the second of our series The Summa in Verse. During Easter time our priory is inundated with a whole host of delicious treats. Since many have abstained from sweets for Lent, it is a delight to receive homemade baked goods from friends and families as we celebrate the Resurrection. In the midst... [Read more...]

The Summa in Verse, or Why You Should Read All of Dante’s Divine Comedy

The Summa in Verse, or Why You Should Read All of Dante’s Divine Comedy

This is the first of the series The Summa in Verse. One of the tragedies of modern education is that many people have read Dante’s Inferno, but few have ascended to the heights of the rest of that great and unified work, The Divine Comedy. Interestingly enough, this unnatural division happened to... [Read more...]