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Dante and the Light of God’s Love in Worship

February 16, 2012

I read today these words from Dante’s The Divine Comedy (cited in Paul Bayes’ Mission-shaped Parish), and was struck by how well they describe the awesome joy of being “lost in wonder, love, and praise” as we gather together to worship as the family of God:

The love of God, unutterable and perfect, flows into a pure soul the way that light rushes into a transparent object. The more love that it finds, the more it gives itself, so that, as we grow clear and open, the more complete the joy of loving is. And the more souls who resonate together, the greater the intensity of their love, for, mirror-like, each soul reflects the others.

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