Wisdom on Wednesdays—We do not yet despair sufficiently

Woman and Guardian Angel - 2-5-2014

Woman and Guardian Angel, oil on canvas on board, 1925, 30 x 25 in.
A gift to the Foundation from the grandniece of John Kenneth Byard, one of Carl Schmitt’s early patrons.

“Hope can only be wanted when we despair sufficiently.  Today we do not yet despair sufficiently – it is a half-way affair, clinging to an old faith like a fairy-tale.  Only when we are honest enough to acknowledge our very patent loss of faith, can we recover it again through Hope and Love.”  (1939)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—What causes all the joy

Resurrection-245x300 - at Campion Hall Oxford

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.

“What causes all the joy, even irresponsibly, to flood one’s soul, and mind, and veins and heart so that there seems to be no sorrow or pain?  What causes all the joy to disappear, sometimes for long arid periods, sometimes for a moment—why the almost complete despair?  I suppose only in these circumstances can we reach the greatest gift—HOPE.”  (1938)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—What causes all the joy

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Brown Nativity, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in.

“What causes all the joy, even irresponsibly, to flood one’s soul, and mind, and veins and heart so that there seems to be no sorrow or pain?  What causes all the joy to disappear, sometimes for long arid periods, sometimes for a moment—why the almost complete despair?  I suppose only in these circumstances can we reach the greatest gift—HOPE.”  (1938)