Five Days of Wisdom. Day 3: Dante and Mary

And further do I pray thee, heavenly Queen      With thy protection render him secure   From human impulse; for this boon the saints,   With Beatrice, thronging fold hands and implore.                                    -Paradiso Canto XXXIII, 34-39     Mary, “the handmaiden of the LORD,” is the figure of Lady Wisdom in the culminating stanzas of the Commedia,… Continue reading Five Days of Wisdom. Day 3: Dante and Mary

Rahab and Salmon: a Match made in Heaven

The best  love story between a man and a woman in all of history has to be assembled from broken fragments.  The story is largely lost upon this generation, because the popular concept of romance as a falling into sensual gravity is exactly the opposite of how this love story begins: in the house of… Continue reading Rahab and Salmon: a Match made in Heaven