| Quote #1
[Piccarda]: "Brother, the power of love appeases our
Even though Piccarda is in the lowest Heaven, she does not hold that against God. This shows that God's placement of his blessed in their respective Heavens is proper and just; he gives only as much love to these souls as they want and deserve, and they are content with it.
| Quote #2
[Beatrice to Dante]: "Indeed I see that in your intellect
Dante's "intellect…shines [with] the never-ending light…[that] kindles love" because Dante's mind, like all things, is made by God and has been made pure by his journey through Hell and Purgatory. If, at this point, "a lesser thing allure[s] your love" or if you love something over God, this is a sign of imperfect love. This "lesser thing" also "gleams" with an imperfect light to attract Dante's baser desires.
| Quote #3
[Beatrice]: "The greatest gift the magnanimity
Free will – which makes sin possible – was given to man out of God's love and compassion. This puts man's promises into perspective. Because God gave man free will, when someone makes a vow to God, she willingly renounces that free will and essentially gives her life up to God. Thus, breaking one's vow is seen as an offense against God, because it means one impudently snatches back what he has willingly given up – his free will.