Wisdom on Wednesdays—The perpetual revolution of Christ

Carl Schmitt - Madonna and Child - CSF12000

Madonna and Child, oil on canvas, 24 x 20 in.

“The perpetual revolution of Christ is to war against the dominance of worldly peace.”  (1928)


Wisdom on Wednesdays—Lodgings in the stable


Nativity, woodblock print, c. 1920.

“Peace may only be made when each Catholic withdraws from the class-struggle and finds what lodgings he can in the stable.  He must see the world from without, among peasants and kings.”  (May 22, 1932)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—Beauty instead of money

“I have always been bewildered and frightened before the world.  I could never understand that nothing was wanted of me by the world but money—or why it was that I must ask nothing of the world but money.  I soon found, however, that if I did not submit I would be crushed.  I tried beauty instead of money and I was threatened with starvation.  I tried raising a decent-sized family, and I was starved.  I have temporarily escaped with nothing left but many of my paintings, my family and pride – the latter vice created in me, as it were, by those who would starve me.”  (written shortly after Schmitt’s return to America from Europe in late 1939)


Self-Portrait, oil on hardboard, 12 x 10 in.

Wisdom on Wednesdays—What goes on in our hearts


Portrait of Margaret Ryan, September 1931, pastel on paper, 18 x 15 in.

“Viewed fundamentally, the advance of atheistic communism has little to do with the cold war or with Khrushchev.  It has mostly to do with what goes on in our hearts.

“As long as our principal or only reality consists in expediency we are doomed to slavery.  It does not matter how much we go to church or how many concerts we go to or how many pictures we buy; as long as we regard economic expediency as the most important thing in life, we will be buried.”  (1960)