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—A living death

Gerrtude Schmitt - Deposition

Gertrude Schmitt, Deposition, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in.

“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)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—Factory civilization or total Christianity

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The Sower, 1937, Conte crayon on paper, 18 x 14 in.
Study for the oil painting of the same name.

“Society has been ‘freed.’  It has been emancipated from God.  As has been said, man cannot be neutral for long.  He must be ultimately the slave of God or the slave of the Devil.  Our choice is between the Servile State of avaricious materialism (factory civilization) and total Christianity.”  (1943)

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)