That infinite, ineffable true Good
that dwells in Heaven speeds instantly to love,
as light rays to a shining surface would;
Just as much ardor as it finds, it gives:
the greater the proportion of our love,
the more eternal goodness we receive;
The more souls there are above who are in love
the more there are worth loving;
love grows more,
each soul a mirror mutually mirroring.
- Dante, from his Purgatorio (Canto XV)
Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.