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Portico of the Mystery of the Second Virtue

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The first critical edition of Peguy's poetry to appear in English, this volume offers a comprehensive theology ordered around the often-neglected second theological virtue, which is incarnated in his celebrated image of the "little girl Hope". This is a title in the Ressourcement: Retrieval and Renewal in Catholic Thought series.
Hardcover, 162 pages
Published April 1st 1971 by Scarecrow Press,U.S.
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booklady
Having never read Péguy before, I had no idea what to expect when I started The Portal of the Mystery Hope, but it grabbed me straightaway—and I’m not even a huge fan of poetry as a general rule.

The author called the Divine Virtue, ‘a portal of mystery’ in the title but he used many other metaphors for it in the book. Mostly Hope is a young child, a girl, lively, lovely, innocent and full of grace. She is contrasted with her sisters, Faith, and Charity, who are both adult women. Faith is the
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Rachel Murphy
Feb 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A beautiful, stunning reflection on the often-neglected virtue of Hope ~ that "little girl Hope" ~ in a long free-verse poem. I want to read it again as soon as I can get a-hold of a copy.
Anna Keating
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
Poetry has been my lifelong friend. This poem meant so much to me during a difficult time with the baby, not so much because of the beauty of the language, but because of the beauty of the insights.
Roger Buck
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most poignant, beautiful and HUMAN books I have ever read in my life. I have a LONG review here with long passages from the book:

http://corjesusacratissimum.org/2009/...

Beauty, such incredible beauty ...
Clare Wojda
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pure-beauty
Reading this was an out of body experience. Peguy paints how paradoxically Christ turns everything in this world on its head, including, ultimately, His need for us to reveal God's love to the world. Words do not do this work of art any justice. Just read it. You will be overwhelmed by its beauty.
Amber
Een boek over hoop dat ik moet herlezen om het daadwerkelijk goed tot me door te laten dringen, maar dat is niet erg, want het is werkelijk waar prachtig. Ik kan me eigenlijk geen ander boek voorstellen waarbij ik emotioneel werd van poëzie, maar dat is hier wel gelukt.
Tucker
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emphasizes the parable of the prodigal son: The son who left and went astray brings more joy in heaven because he has given reason to inspire hope in his return. Similarly, people introduce hope to God because God must hope that they will repent.
Theresa
Aug 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Half way through, but I'm done.
Very much a product of its time.
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Charles Pierre Péguy (Orléans, 7 janvier 1873 ; Villeroy, 5 septembre 1914) est un écrivain, poète et essayiste français. Il est également connu sous les noms de plume de Pierre Deloire et Pierre Baudouin1.

Son œuvre, multiple, comprend des pièces de théâtre en vers libres, comme Le Porche du Mystère de la deuxième vertu (1912), et des recueils poétiques en vers réguliers, comme La Tapisserie de
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