Go To Hell

If you want an easy to read introduction to The Inferno check out Paul Thigpen’s excellent book (with an awful title) My Visit to Hell. It is a fantastic version of The Inferno written as a modern novel. The hero enters hell through a storm sewer in the slums of modern day Atlanta. Dante’s infernal [Read More...]

Some Cool Inferno Stuff

There is a cool interactive, online tour of Dante’s hell at http://web.eku.edu/flash/inferno/ and the University of Texas has an excellent website which allows you to learn your way around hell at http://danteworlds.laits.utexas.edu/utopia/index2.html A less professional, but fun website that helps you interact with Dante’s whole work is found at http://www.angelfire.com/ak/Nyquil/Dante.html [Read more...]

Raging Inferno

Enough of Waugh already. I’m starting to re-read Dante’s Divine Comedy for Lent. I usually start on Ash Wednesday, but got delayed. I hope readers won’t mind some more literary posts. [Read more...]

English Sistine Chapel

You have to love the English. They drive you absolutely crazy, then they come up with some great eccentric like Gary–a self taught sign painter who has done a faithful reproduction of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the village of Goring-by-Sea in West Sussex. View pictures and learn about Gary here. H/T Auntie [Read More...]

Furry Fish

The Curt Jester has this post about the capybara a South American aquatic rodent that missionaries asked the Pope to classify as a fish so it could be eaten during Lent. Catholics in Michigan eat muskrat during Lent for the same reasons. There’s a fine article about the custom here. I like the final comment [Read More...]

Ad Orientem

During Lent, Fr Newman is writing a series of Sunday bulletins for St Mary’s, Greenville on the reasons why celebration of the Mass ad orientem is consistent with the ancient traditions of the church. Week One is here, and the second installment is here. See what you think. [Read more...]