Wisdom on Wednesdays—The Love, the Faith, the Hope

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Easter card by Robert Schmitt, 1921.

“Christianity in the first 500 years of its existence was known as ‘The Love’ in much the same way as it is known in our day as ‘The Faith.’  It died as love and resurrected as faith as it is dying today as faith and is resurrected as a hope.”  (1941)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—Factory civilization or total Christianity

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The Sower, 1937, Conte crayon on paper, 18 x 14 in.
Study for the oil painting of the same name.

“Society has been ‘freed.’  It has been emancipated from God.  As has been said, man cannot be neutral for long.  He must be ultimately the slave of God or the slave of the Devil.  Our choice is between the Servile State of avaricious materialism (factory civilization) and total Christianity.”  (1943)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—The old Christian idea of sin

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The Second Night, 1929, oil on canvas, 48 x 40 in.
From a contemporary black and white photograph; present location unknown.
For Carl Schmitt’s own “explanation” of this painting, see the article “The Artist Explains His Work,” from February 2015 issue of the CSF e-newsletter Vision.

“Today in America the old Christian idea of sin is fast disappearing.  There remains (and is encouraged) a vast sense of social guilt. The only sin is treason to society (the state).”  (1961)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—The myth which is eternally true

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Resurrection, c. 1940, Campion Hall, Oxford University
This painting is very similar to one of the same name bought by Schmitt’s good friend John Cavanaugh in the 1940s and now owned by the C. Michael Schmitt family.  Schmitt’s great-granddaughter Bridget Skidd wrote of her discovery of this painting here.

“The Church keeps alive from day to day the tradition, the myth, which is eternally true.  Without the memory of the fall from paradise and the Redemption, no apprehension of the Eternal happiness is possible to man.”  (1960)