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What did St. John of the Cross mean when he spoke about the need for detachment from people?

Full Question

When St. John of the Cross spoke of the need for detachment from human beings, did he mean we should be detached from our spouses and children?


St. John of the Cross was concerned that we love God more than anyone else—not that we love God instead of anyone else. We need to detach ourselves from the times when we love the creature more than the Creator.


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  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Detached from our families? LOL. Jesus said we should leave them:
    “25 Many people were traveling with Jesus. He said to them, 26 “If you come to me but will not leave your family, you cannot be my follower. You must love me more than your father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters—even more than your own life! 27 Whoever will not carry the cross that is given to them when they follow me cannot be my follower.

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