Listers, pride is the first sin to be purged in Dante’s literary work the Purgatorio. The purgation of pride represents the first ledge of purgatory. There are seven ledges – one for each of the seven deadly vices. Dante orders them according to their proximity to charity; thus, the ledge of pride is at the...
At this death there ensured a struggled between the powers of good and evil for his soul; since he had uttered the name of Mary with his dying breath and shed a tear of true repentance, the heavily faction prevailed and bore his soul off to Paradise.
Listers, “The “Divina Commedia” is an allegory of human life, in the form of a vision of the world beyond the grave, written avowedly with the object of converting a corrupt society to righteousness: “to remove those living in this life from the state of misery, and lead them to the state of felicity”. It...
Listers, certain “Great Books” have shaped the course of the Western world. Mortimer J. Adler, a Roman Catholic philosopher and professor, presented three criterion for a book to be considered “great,” he stated: The book has contemporary significance: that is, it has relevance to the problems and issues of our times. The book is inexhaustible:...
Listers, the following works have been chosen as excellent introductory texts to the Crusades. All three works come heavily recommended by Catholic professors and priests as superior primers on what is arguably one of the most misunderstood events in human history. All three title are available online – click the title or cover photo for...
Opus Dei Father C.J. McCloskey, a Church historian and research fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, referred to Robert Spencer as "perhaps the foremost Catholic expert on Islam in our country."
“Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.”
"Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament."
Inferno (Italian for "Hell") is the first part of Dante Alighieri's 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy. It is followed by Purgatorio and Paradiso. It is an allegory telling of the journey of Dante through Hell, guided by the Roman poet Virgil.
In a world where the Catholic perspective of life is seen as illegitimate or wrong, Tuscany Press is providing a means in which the Catholic writer who is "anonymously toiling" to have an opportunity to be read and seen.
Poetry is an excellent tool of praise and acknowledgement of all that God has given us. Perhaps not as simple nor as easily entertaining as prose would be, poetry has an added facet that is not as evident in prose.
Listers, the crisis of contemporary literature can only be alleviated by the united effort of the Catholic community. One of my proposed remedies to this grievous situation is by encouraging (nay, beseeching) Catholic media outlets like blogs, television, and radio to give Catholic writers and artists the exposure they deserve. Today I am going to...
"Somehow a celibate little nun who died at the age of 24 was teaching me to be a kinder wife, a more patient mother, and, most of all, a more faithful Christian."
Fiction has a savage appeal to authors and readers because they get entertainment out of some character's suffering or unhappiness.
One of the many essential tools to teaching our children about the glory and depth of our faith is the picture book.
Many people undervalue the genre of fiction because fiction is often misconstrued as purely a method of entertainment.
The genre of the short story is a particularly extraordinary human invention.
When God turned back eternity and was young,
Ancient of Days, grown little for your mirth
(As under the low arch the land is bright)
Peered through you, gate of heaven—and saw the earth.
“Here I have for once in my life acted sincerely and, well, you all look upon me as a madman.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, 1880
As SPL enjoys this Thanksgiving with friends and family, please enjoy this offering of GK Chesterton quotes.
“Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.”
“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.”
Time Magazine has called George R. R. Martin, "the American Tolkien." His A Song of Ice and Fire series, more commonly referred to as the Game of Thrones series, has broken into the realm few fantasy works do - mainstream America.