Dante Alighieri: Medieval (1265–1321)

THE DIVINE COMEDY’S INFERNO Canto I While I was rushing downward to the lowland, Before mine eyes did one present himself, Who seemed from long-continued silence hoarse. When I beheld him in the desert vast, “Have pity on me,” unto him I cried, “Whiche’er thou art, or shade or real man!” He answered me: “Not […]

A Wild, Wondrous Journey

FOUR QUARTETS Little Gidding T.S. Eliot Every phrase and every sentence is an end and a beginning, Every poem is an epitaph – epitaph, as on a gravestone. Any action is a step to the block, to the fire, down the sea’s throat Or to an illegible stone: and that is where we start. Matthew […]

Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot

“We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.” Prayer is communication with God, but what does that mean?  Prayer emphasizes God’s mystery, inscrutability, and immanence—God is closer than our very breath. We get to know […]