Comparing the spiritual journeys of Dante and St. Augustine

St. Augustine and Dante made a great contribution to the development of world cultures. The impact of these great leaders had a powerful force the next centuries.

Comparing the spiritual journeys of Dante and St. Augustine in the Confessions, it is possible to mention that the poem “The Divine Comedy” is a real masterpiece of a famous Italian poet. Dante saw the other world and talked about his journey through hell. This poem embodies an allegorical vision of the afterlife, moral and religious thoughts with instructive purposes. Numerous tales of ghostly wanderings, visions of heaven and hell found its highest artistic expression in the Divine Comedy. Dante has made a system in a discordant mix of images. This system is inspired by the teachings of the church and the teachings of Aristotle and Cicero. Dante’s guide through hell was a Roman poet Virgil, who being the voice of reason, instructed Dante’s spiritual life and helped him to form a moral conscience, necessary for life in harmony with God’s will. In comparison, the Confession is a central literary work of St. Augustine. The name of this work entirely corresponds to its real content: a sinner, opening his own soul to the readers, in the face of God and people repents of his sins and gives thanks to God for His mercy. During his life, Augustine traveled a lot, learning and perceiving the Orthodox faith. The contrast between the spiritual journeys of Dante and St. Augustine is that Augustine’s journey is more confessionary, but Dante’s one is more psychological.

IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY LECTURE SERIES

FEATURING FR. DAVE MECONI, S.J.

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AUGUSTINE, DANTE AND ST. IGNATIUS ON LOVING GOD BY LOVING NEIGHBOR” 

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 26, 2016

7:30PM at the Si Commons Building on the campus of SLUH

(4970 Oakland Avenue)

This is a free event!  Doors open at 7:00PM

About the speaker: 

David Vincent Meconi, S.J., D.Phil. (Oxon.) teaches in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University; he is also the editor of Homiletic and Pastoral Review. He holds the pontifical license in Patrology from the University of Innsbruck and the D.Phil. in Ecclesiastical History from Oxford University.  Most recently he published the Annotated Confessions of Saint Augustine (Ignatius Press, 2012), The One Christ: St. Augustine’s Theology of Deification (Catholic University of America Press, 2013), as well as co-edited (along with Eleonore Stump) the Cambridge Companion to Augustine (2014). He is a former president of the Jesuit Philosophical Association, as well as a Fellow at the Augustinian Institute at Villanova University, and serves on the ecclesiastical board of Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry.

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