Monday, July 04, 2016

Three Cantos, Three Images, Three Lessons?

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

The Divine Comedy
Dante Alighieri 
Pay attention to the word


Inferno 33

I saw it clearly, and still seems to see,
a headless trunk, that goes on before,
like the others, in that miserable crew,

and holds its severed head,
by the hair, swinging,
like a lantern, in its hand.

It looked at us, and said: ‘Ah me!’.
It made a lamp of itself, to light itself,
and there were two in one,

and one in two:
how that can be he knows,
who made it so.

When it was right at the foot of our bridge,
it lifted its arm high, complete with the head,
to bring its words near to us, which were:

‘Now you see the grievous punishment,
you, who go, alive and breathing,
to see the dead: look if any are as great as this. 

Purgatorio 33

I seemed to see Euphrates and Tigris,
welling from one spring, in front of them,
and parting, like lingering friends.

 I said: ‘O light, O glory of human kind,
what waters are these that pour
from one source, here, and separate themselves?’


Like a gentle spirit,
that does not make excuses,
but forms her will from another's will,

as soon as it is revealed, by outward sign,
so that lovely Lady, set out, after taking charge of me
 and said to Statius, in a ladylike way: ‘Come, with him.’

      Reader, if I had more space to write,
I would speak, partially at least,
about that sweet drink, which would never have sated me:

but because all the pages determined
for the second Canticle are full,
the curb of art lets me go no further.

      I came back, from the most sacred waves,
remade, as fresh plants are, refreshed,
with fresh leaves: pure, and ready to climb to the stars.

Paradiso 33
In the profound and shining-clear Existence
Of the deep Light appeared to me three circles
Of one dimension and three different colors.

One seemed to be reflected by the other,
Rainbow by rainbow, while the third seemed fire
Breathed equally from one and from the other.

Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

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