St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

Today, on her feast day, an very important thought for artists from the remarkable St. Edith Stein, philosopher and martyr.

“The Artistic temperament has its dangers, and not only if the Artist fails to understand the sanctity of his calling. The danger is that the Artist may rest satisfied with the creation of the image, as if no other demands were made on him. Our meaning will become especially clear in the case of the image of the Cross. There is scarcely a believing Artist who will never have felt the urge to represent Christ crucified or carrying his cross. But from the Artist, too, the crucified Lord demands more than such an image. He asks of him as from every other man that he should follow him; that he should form himself, and let himself be formed, into the image of him who bore the Cross and died on it.”

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