Sunday, December 02, 2007

First Sunday of Advent

"poor enough, as we well see
by where you set your sacred burden down -
no better inn for hospitality."

(Purgatorio 20.22-24)

Anthony Esolen cites this passage from Dante's Inferno and references other passages that describe a woman nursing her child or tending her home, going on to say:

"What those scenes have in common is that smallness that Christianity fearlessly proclaims, in the teeth of a world that worships only bigness, and misunderstands it at that."

- from "Dante's Divine Comedy and Christmas" by Anthony Esolen in Magnificat, December 2007, Vol. 9, No. 10

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