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—Too deeply for our own comfort

Carrying of the Cross with Two Figures

Carrying the Cross, April 1926, watercolor on paper, 10¼ x 13¾ in.

“Christ teaches us too deeply for our own comfort.  Salute the flag, pay attention to business, and avoid him as much as possible.”  (1941)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—The desire of the wildest imagination

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Annunciation, 1921, oil on canvas, 20 x 24 in.

“Today we forget that Christ 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)