Wisdom on Wednesdays—Saintship

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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)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—Desire and the gift

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Woman and Guardian Angel, oil on canvas on board, 1925, 30 x 25 in.
A gift to the Foundation from the grandniece of John Kenneth Byard, one of Carl Schmitt’s early patrons.

“We can only get a gift from God by drawing it to us through desire.  We cannot get it at any time, but only at that precise moment when our soul is consumed with desire for that particular gift.  Thus only is suffering to be understood.  The deeper the suffering, the emptier the soul, the higher the gift.”  (1939)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—Grateful as a beggar

“My philosophy may be summed up thus:
“First, to receive from God gratefully everything possible that I can get.
“Second, to give back to God through my neighbor everything which I can give.
“To give gifts to my neighbor I must use art, because a gift must be made—
hence I must be an artist.
“The world of doing, the wage, is outside my world of beggars and gifts,
because I believe that God gives me my energy.  I cannot earn it.
I can only be grateful as a beggar and share as a beggar would.”
(1933)

Gum arabic print for a magazine article on Thanksgiving, 1930s.

Wisdom on Wednesdays—To receive from God gratefully

My philosophy may be summed up thus:
First, to receive from God gratefully everything possible that I can get.
Second, to give back to God through my neighbor everything which I can give.
To give gifts to my neighbor I must use art, because a gift must be made—
hence I must be an artist.
(1933)

Gum arabic print for a magazine article on Thanksgiving, 1930s.