“Dante echoes Saint Paul (Rom. 5:1-5) when he shows charity as born of hope, in turn generated by faith. These three virtues sum up all the celestial philosophy and constitute the very condition of salvation. Within the doctrinal field, the word indicates the fundamental attitude of the Father towards all His creatures, a relationship that finds its perfect form in the blessed [. . .] (Purgatorio, Canto XV, 71).”
Retrieved from The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists by Simon Njami.