On Practical Growth in Holiness

As I first started reading stuff from folks that seemed pretty advanced spiritually (of course from where I’ve sat that qualifies just about everyone!), I often wondered about the notion of detachment.

I mean, I could understand that we wanted to detach from sins, ranging from bad habits to the more obviously toxic stuff, but I didn’t get the idea of detaching from “good stuff”. As in wondering, “is it really possible to like baseball too much?”.

Well Carol sent me this great quote from The Fulfillment of All Desire by Ralph Martin.

Everything that exists is a gift from God. When the soul wraps itself around the things and the people of this world, looking for a satisfaction or fulfillment that only God can give, it produces a distortion in itself and in others as well.

The process of unwinding this possessive, self-centered, clinging and disordered seeking of things and persons is sometimes called detachment. The goal of the process of detachment is not to stop loving the things and the people of this world, but to love them even more truly in God, under the reign of Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit. (Wisdom 13:3, 4, 7b-9)

Worth some careful reflection …

The Fulfillment of All Desire is one I hope to be reading sooner rather than later!

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On Practical Growth in Holiness

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