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)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—The greatest saints are unknown

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St. Katharine, oil on canvas, 1922, 30 x 25 in.

“The greatest saints are unknown.  History treats only of the soul of man in contact with the world.  As a result man at his highest and lowest, is unknown to history.”  (1932)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—The desire of the wildest imagination

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

“Today we are prone to forget that Christ combines the Aesthetic, the Expedient, and the Religious Life.  We forget that He 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)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—The magnificent virtue of Rome

“We hear often enough of the pagan vices (Rome always seems to have fallen) but it is time to recognize the important place which history gives to the pagan virtues.

“The era of Augustus with its grandeur and peace could never have occurred without magnificent virtue, and it is only on such magnificent natural virtue that the supernatural virtues of Christianity can be placed, if they are to survive (short of miracle).
For the supernatural religion cannot exist by itself; it cannot float in mid-air.  It must be superimposed upon a foundation of balanced and vigorous natural religion.”  (1943)

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Lady Chapel, Paulist Church (New York City), etching, 1915 (printed 1921), 8 x 6¼ in.

Wisdom on Wednesdays—The desire of the wildest imagination

“Today we are prone to forget that Christ combines the Aesthetic, the Expedient, and the Religious Life.  We forget that He 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)

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Brown Nativity, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in.