Inferno: The 7 Steps to Dante's Journey through Upper Hell

Literature Theology

SPL Staff • May 13th, 2017

Listers, the Inferno is an invitation to examine your soul. In addition to the basic journey of Dante the Pilgrim, the notes below examine the Inferno as a story of the soul with a particular emphasis on virtue, vice, and the rationale behind each contrapasso. The contrapasso, as explained below,... Read More →

Inferno: The 8 Steps of Dante's Journey through Lower Hell

Literature Theology

SPL Staff • May 13th, 2017

Listers, the Inferno is an invitation to examine your soul. In addition to the basic journey of Dante the Pilgrim, the notes below examine the Inferno as a story of the soul with a particular emphasis on virtue, vice, and the rationale behind each contrapasso. The contrapasso, as explained below,... Read More →

The 13 Examples of Pride Carved into the Floor of Purgatory

Literature Theology

SPL Staff • January 11th, 2016

"The Proud" by Gustave Dore. 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... Read More →

Ante-Purgatory: "The 3 Ways Those Who Repent Late in Life are Punished in Dante's Purgatorio"

Literature Theology

SPL Staff • November 16th, 2015

Ante-Purgatory   1. The Excommunicated In Canto III, Dante and Virgil encounter those souls who were excommunicated. The reason, however, these souls are in purgatory and not hell is because they repented at the very end of their life. In Dante's Purgatorio, the repentant excommunicants are... Read More →

Purgatory: 8 Maps of Dante's Purgatorio

Literature Theology

SPL Staff • November 7th, 2015

"The Portals of Purgatory" by Gustave Dore. 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... Read More →

Great Books: 31 Political Works Recommended by Faithful Catholic Colleges

Literature Philosophy

SPL Staff • May 15th, 2015

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... Read More →

The Crusades: 3 Books Worth Reading

History Literature

SPL Staff • February 8th, 2015

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... Read More →

12 of the Best GK Chesterton Quotes


SPL Staff • February 7th, 2013

Listers, whether the topic was angels or cheese the extraordinary mind of GK Chesterton always had a witticism to share. SPL has frequently commented on the British author and shared his quotes on Facebook and Twitter. The following quotes are the ones that have garnered the best response from... Read More →

3 Thoughts on God in Tolkien's Middle-Earth


SPL Staff • February 4th, 2013

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… There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death: by the divine paradox, that... Read More →

Forest of Suicides: 6 Comments on Dante's Punishment for the Self-Violent

Literature Theology

SPL Staff • October 4th, 2012

Listers, for a study of Dante's Divine Comedy Volume One: The Inferno we turn to the translation and commentary crafted by Mark Musa. Musa's translation is marked by a clear and understandable translation that allows the story to unfold and escape being bogged down in rhetorical flourishing, cf.... Read More →

“Who is the Catholic Writer in America?” and 10 Other Questions with Tuscany Press

Life & Leisure Literature

SPL Staff • September 19th, 2012

Listers, recently I have discovered a new outlet of Catholic media that is fighting against the current crisis of Catholic authorship. 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... Read More →

6 Catholic Poems that Testify to God's Love

Art & Architecture Life & Leisure Literature

SPL Staff • August 24th, 2012

Listers, the Catholic Church has a vast reservoir of beautiful poetry that testifies to God's love for Creation and us. 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... Read More →

Beyond Here Be Dragons: 17 Questions with Catholic Author David Athey

Life & Leisure Literature

SPL Staff • July 23rd, 2012

Listers, seeing books as a means of entertainment or escape is the common misconception of many people because they fail to acknowledge that a book can be very dangerous (sometimes they are dangerous in a good way and other times dangerous in a bad way). All books, no matter if it is either light... Read More →

Et Vidit Deus Quod Esset Bonum: 5 Reasons to Read the New Novel "Christopher"

Life & Leisure Literature

SPL Staff • July 13th, 2012

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... Read More →

5 Quotes from St. Thérèse of Lisieux's "The Story of a Soul"

Literature Theology

SPL Staff • June 8th, 2012

**Listers, many people often say that writings by many saints who were monks and nuns are hard to apply outside of the consecrated life. However, nothing could be further from the truth. ** Yes, monks and nuns perhaps have more time to sit in active prayer than those who are called to the married... Read More →

3 Literary Journals to Feed Your Soul

Art & Architecture Literature

SPL Staff • June 1st, 2012

Listers, contemporary Catholic authors are becoming more and more of an endangered species in the world of literature. Catholic authors have to toe a very thin line when trying to write works that will testify to the Catholic experience in art and literature. However, this is difficult when... Read More →

5 More Short Stories That Every Catholic Should Read

Life & Leisure Literature

SPL Staff • May 22nd, 2012

**Listers, fiction has a savage appeal to authors and readers because they get entertainment out of some character's suffering or unhappiness. **However, to the credit of all fans of the written word, they also derive entertainment in a resolution, but that always means that something must first... Read More →

6 Children's Picture Books Perfect for a Catholic Family Bookshelf

Life & Leisure Literature

SPL Staff • May 11th, 2012

**Listers, one of the many essential tools to teaching our children about the glory and depth of our faith is the picture book. ** Children often have short attention spans, and their comprehension skills are still not as developed and refined as adults; however, that should not prevent us from... Read More →

8 Quotes from Christian Authors about the Importance of Good Fiction

Life & Leisure Literature

SPL Staff • May 7th, 2012

**Listers, many people undervalue the genre of fiction because fiction is often misconstrued as purely a method of entertainment. **Although this common use is by no means wrong, the exclusive reason why someone chooses to read a book should not be because they want to escape the doldrums of... Read More →

5 Short Stories that Every Catholic should Read

Life & Leisure Literature

SPL Staff • May 4th, 2012

**Listers, the genre of the short story is a particularly extraordinary human invention. **In a matter of two hours or less, the short story can illustrate some complexities of life without taxing the mind with deep philosophical terms or concepts. As some of us don't have the proclivity to have... Read More →
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