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FREEDOM FROM EVERY TIE WHICH BINDS THE SOUL TO THE EARTH

07 Nov

Detachment, surrender and joy

“To be detached is to be loosened from every tie which binds the soul to the earth, to be dependent on nothing sublunary, to lean on nothing temporal; it is to care simply nothing what other men choose to think or say of us, or do to us; to go about our own work, because it is our duty … without a care of the consequences; to account credit, honour, name, easy circumstances, comfort, human affections, just nothing at all, when any religious obligation involves the sacrifice of them.”

Bl. John Henry Newman, ‘Ready to sell everything in order to buy the pearl of great price’, H.S. III, 130

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