Wisdom on Wednesdays—A living death

Guardian Angel, c. 1929, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in.
A contemporary black-and-white photograph.

“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)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—The Christian crux I

North Porch Chartres Cathedral - CROPPED

North Porch, Chartres, September 7, 1926, pen and ink on tracing paper, detail approx. 6 x 4¾ in

“The crux of all [Christian] civilization is literally the cross of Christ, which is symbolized by the characteristic form of the Gothic—in the diagonals which go to make up the roofs and towers, the buttresses and the very folds of the garments of the carved and painted saints and kings.”  (1922)