Wisdom on Wednesdays—Art cannot be stopped

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Immanent Trinity Decoration, 1924, oil on canvas, 48 x 40 in.
The Novitiate of St. Isaac Jogues, Wernersville, Pennsylvania

“Where there is true religion, art cannot be stopped. Where there is no true religion, art cannot be encouraged by a million uplifters.”

from the essay “Ritual: The Gate” (1943)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—No one can stop us from having a culture

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Eggs and Copper, oil on hardboard, 12 x 15 in. The Carl Schmitt Foundation.

“We know through the Church that we must take more care of the soul than of the body, but do we love this truth?  Understand, believe it?  Hope in it?  We do not.  When we do, no one can stop us from having a culture—for beauty is a necessity to deep religious experience.”

—from the essay “The Appreciation and Creation of Beauty” (1932)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—Justice and charity made respectable

Pencil sketch, Naples, 1915

Pencil sketch, Naples, 1915

“The individual virtues of justice and charity will always be corrupted by the world and socialized so that justice is turned into legality and charity is debased into philanthropy: justice and charity made respectable.”

from the essay “Culture Can Withstand Anything but Respectability” (1931)