The Oratorian Father Paul Pearson presents a deep yet approachable spiritual commentary on the last volume of Dante's masterpiece, Divine Comedy, in Spiritual Direction from Dante: Yearning for Paradise. Fr. Pearson walks readers through the book step by step, emphasizing the spiritual principles Dante wants them to learn. Due to the watered-down vision of heavenly happiness that the world presents us, these teachings are especially relevant, both in Dante's day and in our own. This mistake is corrected in Dante's Paradiso, which shows the devout a paradise that is more genuine and gratifying than anything we have ever experienced or even imagined here on Earth. Father Pearson’s text is an indispensable companion to the poem for both the scholar and the neophyte. It brings Dante’s poem and its lessons into our modern context so that readers will discover:
- our true individuality is not obliterated in heaven, but is allowed to continue, and is fostered and highlighted.
- even as we struggle now, we are never alone – everyone in heaven is interested and involved in our salvation.
- the human unity we strive for here (often unsuccessfully) is a shining fact there, with each person rejoicing in every other person’s joys and working together for the salvation of those still striving for heaven. There we are finally understood fully and appreciated.
- all our human desires are fulfilled in heaven, not abandoned.
After guiding readers through the regions of hell and purgatory in this three-part series, Fr. Pearson now presents the saints and angels, the Virgin Mary, and the Blessed Trinity before our eyes! However, Spiritual Direction from Dante: Yearning for Paradise is more than a guide to Dante's Divine Comedy's final book. It's an introduction to eternal happiness and an invitation that's as persuasive today as it was 700 years ago when Dante penned it.
Hardcover. 512 pages.