Wisdom on Wednesdays—So many good people

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Pieta, pastel on paper

“The struggle now, as always, is between the good and the great.  There are so many good people and so few are great.  And when they are great they are usually not very good.  Christ was not only good.  He was also great.”  (1938)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—The desire of the wildest imagination

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Annunciation, 1921, oil on canvas, 20 x 24 in.

“Today we forget that Christ came not only because man needed hope for eternal beatitude but that he was also the historic concrete answer to the desire of the wildest imagination: the appearance on earth of a God-man.  History united to myth.”  (1960)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—The only power in the world

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Noli me tangere (Christ appearing to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection), 1920, woodblock print, 8¾ x 5 in.

“The only power in the world—the basic creative force—is Charity: the transcendent existence of the Father made immanent and available to man through Christ, in his birth as man, and perpetuated by the Holy Spirit.”  (1964)