Wisdom on Wednesdays—Saintship


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

“Saintship lays pride (or protest) at the feet of the crucified Christ.  Its aim is “defeat,” martyrdom.  For martyrdom is the joyous acceptance of death in any manner, even painlessly, as the Good Gift of God.”  (c. 1930)


Wisdom on Wednesdays—A living death

Gerrtude Schmitt - Deposition

Gertrude Schmitt, Deposition, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in.

“God ultimately forces men to make a choice: predestining them to free will!
“That coercion is death.
“Since man will only use his will in death it follows that special destiny grants a living death to the elect (to the saints).”  (1932)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—The mark of God’s love

Gertrude, August 24, 1950, pastel on paper, 16 x 20 in.
A portrait of the artist’s daughter on her 18th birthday.

“It is a special mark of providence to have the opportunity of complete humility before death.  The longer before death it is—the greater the mark of God’s love.”  (October 19, 1929)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—The balanced human


Christopher, oil on canvas, c. 1950

“The human, the balanced human, believes that the mystery of birth, death, and life is master of science: that science is a means.  The Liberal believes that science is the master of all; the human knows that it is simply a matter of time till the substance of life absorbs the means.  Temporarily the means has gotten out of hand.”  (1958)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—To keep on is to redeem


Blue Bottles, oil on canvas

“To strive constantly to see beyond the things in which we are immediately interested requires great courage because it means the death but not destruction of those immediate interests.  For all death has the germ of birth within it.  To keep on is to redeem.”  (August 21, 1931)