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The Teachings of Dante


Publisher:General Books LLC, 2012



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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1901. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... With the death of Beatrice in his twenty-fifth year the first great sorrow came into his life. The blow staggered him. His serene faith became clouded. He began to question and to doubt, entering upon that chill, foggy land of mental and spiritual uncertainty, which for all earnest souls lies between the simple faith of childhood and the assured convictions of maturer years. To assuage his grief he began the study of philosophy, and threw himself into the active political conflicts of his time. Many go so far as to assert that he yielded to sensual lusts, sinking far below the moral elevation of his youth. It is not improbable that the year 1300, when, as he tells us in the opening of the " Divine Comedy," he found himself in a dark wood, marks a real epoch in his life, and explains why he chose it as the time of his wonderful journey. Pope Boniface VIII. proclaimed a jubilee at Borne, to extend from Christmas, 1299, to Easter, 1300, and the pilgrims who visited continually for fifteen days the churches of St. Peter and St. Paul were "granted full and entire remission of all their sins, both the guilt and the punishment thereof, they having made or to make confession of the sins. And for consolation of the Christian pilgrims, every Friday and every solemn feast day, was shown in St. Peter's the Veronica, the true image of Christ, on the napkin." Dante may have snatched time from his engrossing publie duties to make this pilgrimage, not as a mere on-looker, but as a believer who felt the need of the forgiveness promised. The sight of the vast throngs of eager pilgrims, the beholding of the true face of his suffering Saviour on the sacred cloth, the hours spent in meditation and worship, evidently made a deep impression upon his ardent and sensitive spirit. Floren...

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