Read Good Books – Dante’s Inferno

First Sentence of the Day

Midway in the journey of our life
I came to myself in a dark wood,
for the straight way was lost.

— Dante, Inferno, The Divine Comedy (translated by Robert and Jean Hollander)


For the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis recommends that Catholics read Dante as a spiritual guide.

Dante is therefore a prophet of hope, a herald of humanity’s possible redemption and liberation, of profound change in every man and woman, of all of humanity. He invites us to regain the lost and obscured meaning of our human journey and to hope to see again the bright horizon which shines in the full dignity of the human person. Honouring Dante Alighieri, as Paul VI previously invited us to do, we can be enriched by his experience to pass through the many dark woods still widespread in our land and to complete happily our pilgrimage through history in order to arrive at the goal dreamt of and yearned for by every man and woman: “the Love that moves the sun and all the other stars” (Par. XXXIII, 145).

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