DINING WITH DANTE – ALMOST!

I drove across the border into North Carolina to have lunch with the hugely gifted Anthony Esolen, who had flown to Charlotte to record three series of lectures for Catholic Courses (www.catholiccourses.com). As Executive Director of Catholic Courses, I am hugely honoured that we have managed to attract some of the finest Catholic academics to teach our courses. Certainly, having Anthony Esolen teaching three courses on Dante's Divine Comedy is a hugely impressive feather in our cap. For those who don't know, Esolen is the translator of the widely-respected Random House edition of Dante's classic.
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A ROSE-BREASTED MEDITATION

A few weeks ago, whilst eating breakfast at our home in South Carolina, I was startled by the sight of a bird that I’d never seen before. Like me, it was enjoying its breakfast, eating the sunflower seeds from the bird-feeder on our deck. I stared transfixed at the novelty of its beauty, a configuration of colours on which my virgin eyes had never before feasted. It was large, about the size of a cardinal, and wore a resplendent red bib on its white breast. Its head was black and its wings, also black, were streaked with white.
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