In Canto 29, Dante describes the origins of the Angelic Beings, as Beatrice can see in the Eternal Mind that the Pilgrim has some questions.
Firstly, the argument is that the Angels were created in order to reflect and “resplendor” the Divine Glory throughout all of Being and Existence (“Subsisto”), in their different natures. Therefore “new loves blossomed from the Eternal Love”.
Secondly, as for the “when”, Beatrice explains that the Angels, the Heavens and the Earthly were all created at the same time, like “three arrows from a three-stringed bow.” This threefold creation was “rayed into existence all at once, without beginning, with no interval.” Continue reading “The Creation of the Angels”
In the second circle of the Sun in Dante’s Paradiso, the main voice is the Light of St. Bonaventure (c.1217-1274) – a professor at the University of Paris, and a leader of the Franciscan Order.
In Bonaventure’s main work “The Soul’s Journey into God” we can see several aspects which Dante is using in the Paradiso, f.ex. a description of the final moments of the ascent:
“For no one is in any way disposed for divine contemplation that leads to mystical ecstasy, [..] such desires are enkindled in us in two ways: by an outcry of prayer [..] and by the flash of insight by which the mind turns most directly and intently towards the rays of Light.”
Continue reading “St. Bonaventura – The Seraphic Doctor”
In his “On Trinity and Creation”, Richard of St. Victor (c.1100-1173) writes about the nature of the mystic ascent towards the Divine, which shows us some of the inspiration and background for Dante’s Paradiso:
“You see our starting point, our destination, and the steps of our ascent: by means of hope and love [we ascend] from Faith toward Divine Knowledge, and through Divine Knowledge [we ascend] toward Eternal Life.”
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Here are the 12 people that Dante puts in the inner circle of the Sun, the 4th Sphere:
St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
Albertus Magnus, Aquinas’ Teacher. (1193/1206 – 1208)
Graziano (c.1075/80 – 1146/47)
Peter Lombard (c.1100 – 1160)
Solomon (c.970BC – 931BC)
Dionysius the Areopagite (c.60/c.500)
Boethius (475/77 – 524/6) Continue reading “The Inner Circle of the Sun”
From the Sphere of the Sun – and how Love and Wisdom are expressions of the highest Angelical Beings, and also expressed through the Franciscan and Dominican Orders of Dante’s time in the 13 hundreds.
Continue reading “Cherubim and Seraphims, how Love and Wisdom shape the World”