Thursday, June 14, 2012

Detachment

Detachment is knowing things for their true value; the things of this world are good and useful, sometimes even lovely, but can never be of more than limited, finite, value.  Meton says this well:

"Although the grace of the Holy Spirit teaches us to use created things "as if we used them not"—that is to say, with detachment and indifference, it does not make us indifferent to the value of the things in themselves. On the contrary, it is only when we are detached from created things that we can begin to value them as we really should. It is only when we are "indifferent" to them that we can really begin to love them. The indifference of which I speak must, therefore, be an indifference not to things themselves but to their effects in our own lives."  No Man is an Island

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