“Today we are prone to forget that Christ combines the Aesthetic, the Expedient, and the Religious Life. We forget that He 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)
In memory of Carl Schmitt’s son David T. Schmitt, who passed away on March 22 at the age of 89, we offer this reflection, taken from his reminiscences of his father.
Only he who loves objectively in a mature way—an outside gift from a gracious Reality, God—is the person or people who can respect all matter—creation, in the true sense of the word. “This is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” Only then will they see beyond wealth and its proper place in the balance of the hierarchy of order. Dad used to say: “To go beyond wealth, is to go into wisdom.”