12/26/14

"You cannot visit the child without visiting the mother"

"YOU cannot visit the child without visiting the mother; you cannot in common human life approach the child except through the mother. If we are to think of Christ in this aspect at all, the other idea follows as it is followed in history. We must either leave Christ out of Christmas, or Christmas out of Christ, or we must admit, if only as we admit it in an old picture, that those holy heads are too near together for the haloes not to mingle and cross."

~G.K. Chesterton: The Everlasting Man, Part II, The God in the Cave.

The Nativity, by Jacob de Backer (c. 1555 – c. 1585).
Oil on panel; private collection.

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