Wisdom on Wednesdays—Christian civilization


Girl with Necklace, c. 1945, oil on canvas, 15 x 18 in.

“Christian Civilization, morally considered, means simply the sense in the person of virtue and the sense of sin.  It means, in a word, responsibility.”  (1943)


Wisdom on Wednesdays—The Hope


Noli me tangere (Christ appearing to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection), woodblock print, 1920, 8¾ x 5 in.

“Christianity in the first 500 years of its existence was known as ‘The Love’ in much the same way as it is known in our day as ‘The Faith.’  It died as love and resurrected as faith as it is dying today as faith and is resurrected as a hope.”  (1941)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—The Christian crux II


Via Crucis, c. 1936, oil on aluminum, 18 x 15 in.

“I say it again—this Christian crux—this cross of Christ, when carried, will bring an epic poetic impulse (and consequently a heroic era for all art) that will make Greek art seem trivial, as Greek art is the heroism of the stoic and not of the humble cross-bearer.”  (c. 1930)