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l'amor

by Leonardo Gallegos January 25, 2019

l'amor

 

The world moves for love, it kneels before it in awe.

At the climax of the world’s greatest epic, Dante concludes his Divina Commedia, his quest through hell to heaven, with a final, defining vision. As he looked on at the summit of heaven, enveloped in God’s presence, Dante wrote:

    Here powers failed my high imagination: 

    But by now my desire and will were turned,

    Like a balanced wheel rotated evenly,

    By the Love that moves the sun and other stars.

    (Italian: L'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle)

 After he traveled through 9 circles of hell, 9 mounts of purgatory and 9 spheres of heaven, after he encountered Lucifer, passed through the Garden of Eden, and stood in togetherness with God, it all simply came down to love.

That’s it. Love is it.  

A transcendent love that harmonizes and moves everything. A love that restores and redeems. A love that surpasses our understanding yet is the source of our wholeness.

As the 16th century mystic, St. John of the Cross wrote, "At the eve of life, we shall be judged on our love."

What else really matters?

In the final analysis, for Dante, there was nothing more. This divine love saved and redeemed him. It moved him to peace and abandonment to God. Are we not all searching for an interior unity and harmony enveloped by God's love? Do we not all long for wholeness and transcendence? Are we not all grasping for something?

Spend a moment in silence reflecting on what Dante's vision might mean in your life. 

The Design:

Inspired by medieval depictions of the Primum Mobile, this was portrayed as seven rings (the seven medieval planets) encircling a center ring (Heaven) in which God was often depicted observing creation. At the center of the rings is a Mondorla, the first Christian symbol of the Incarnation. The Mandorla is comprised of the shared space between two circles (Heaven and Earth, respectively) in a Venn Diagram, representing the two coming together. The Mandorla is placed over the design itself, representing the Incarnation's disruption of the natural order, God arriving in His own creation as the ultimate act of love. The colors of the graphic are the colors of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who herself is depicted within the body of a Mandorla. Her blue cloak - representing Heaven - and her red dress - representing the clay of earth.

Leonardo Gallegos
Leonardo Gallegos

Leo Gallegos is the founder of Libertas, a Christian apparel brand and content resource for men. After almost a decade in financial services and a short time in higher education at The Catholic University of America, Leo felt God was inviting him to share his love for the beauty and richness of the Faith though Libertas. Leo and his wonderful wife Liz have two young boys and another on the way! They are a military family and currently reside in the Virginia Beach area. Leo is an endurance enthusiast, recently completing two ultra-marathons and is training for his first 100 miler in November. Leo looks forward to sharing more on culture and faith, and how being outdoors, running and hiking, can be great avenues to growth both personally and spiritually. You can read more about Leo, view Libertas' content and shop at libertasalive.com. Follow Libertas and Leo on Instagram @libertas_alive and @catholic.running.guy.


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