Wisdom on Wednesdays—Religion the vital force

“The Fine Arts serve to recall us to the fact that mystical religion is the vital force most deeply embedded in man, from which springs all his notable activity.
“They seem to show most clearly [that] when religion departs from this central vitality, no matter how active the science of religion, if this central core of Being is deserted the Fine Arts tend to wither and die.
“So, it may truly be said, that a culture flourishes whenever religion flourishes in its true and full sense.”
“The Value of the Fine Arts” (March 1943)


St. Katharine, oil on canvas, 1922, 30 x 25 in.

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