Wisdom on Wednesdays—The perpetual revolution of Christ

Carl Schmitt - Madonna and Child - CSF12000

Madonna and Child, oil on canvas, 24 x 20 in.

“The perpetual revolution of Christ is to war against the dominance of worldly peace.”  (1928)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—Beauty instead of money

“I have always been bewildered and frightened before the world.  I could never understand that nothing was wanted of me by the world but money—or why it was that I must ask nothing of the world but money.  I soon found, however, that if I did not submit I would be crushed.  I tried beauty instead of money and I was threatened with starvation.  I tried raising a decent-sized family, and I was starved.  I have temporarily escaped with nothing left but many of my paintings, my family and pride – the latter vice created in me, as it were, by those who would starve me.”  (written shortly after Schmitt’s return to America from Europe in late 1939)

CSF11003

Self-Portrait, oil on hardboard, 12 x 10 in.

Wisdom on Wednesdays—Now is the nadir of the world

“Now is the nadir of the world:
To be poor in spirit, but not too poor
To be chaste, but not too chaste
To be honest, but not too honest.
Thus Christianity is an enemy:
‘Be ye perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect’
is the counsel of fanaticism.
The politician must compromise in a ‘possible world.’”
(1964)

Coronation of the Virgin, oil on canvas, c. 1924, 42 x 35 in.