Title

Journey of our life: Dante as a spiritual theologian of grace.

Publication Date

Spring 2016

Abstract

This essay IS an examination of Dante Alighieri as a spiritual theologian of grace. Using Gantos 9 and 29-30 of the Purgatorio the essay shows that Dante constructs his other-worldly journey as one that is grace-filled and dependent on the grace bestowed through the church’s sacraments, m concert with Thomas Aquinas' theology of grace. Further, in light of the creation of the Feast of Corpus Chnsti in the thirteenth century, the essay offers a unique interpretation of the figure of Beatrice, showing that she, at least within the context of Purgatorio 29-30, is divine grace.

Keywords

Purgatory in literature; Grace

Publication Title

Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care

Volume

9

Issue

1

First Page

98

Last Page

117

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