But what about an attachment to something that is a spiritual good. Can one be overly attached to such a thing?
Thanks for bumping this thread. As you wondered why it had so little attraction and response, doesn’t it suggest a motive of “because I’m just not there yet?” It’s quickly apparent to those of us who see your striving for holiness, as you demonstrate by the very posting of this thread, that you are listening to the still small voice that many are not spiritually sensitive to hear yet. As Jesus said, the narrow road is rarely traveled, and many are called but few are chosen. Your vocation is witness of that deeper call.
Regarding your quote, not until we eliminate most of our attachments in the sensual realm, will the Spirit lead us to the deeper spiritual detaching. I know you understand that from John of the Cross’s writings. Many aren’t even at that door yet, and place all their “holiness” in devout actions, such as the poster below wrote. But I think you and I have seen these same holy ones condemn others who have not their ultra devotions and “true” spirituality. :rolleyes:
I am speaking of the selfishness of good people, devout people, those who have succeeded through spiritual exercises and self-denial in being able to make the proud profession before the altar of the Most High, “Lord, I am not like the rest of men.”
Pope Benedict’s message from Zenit yesterday summed it up perfectly:
“It is not possible to make oneself like God and contemplate him simply with a rational knowledge: In order to achieve this objective, it is necessary to live according to the ‘Logos,’ a life according to truth. And, therefore, good works have to accompany intellectual knowledge as the shadow accompanies the body.”
Until our super-christians gain humility of heart, their spiritual exercises are balloons full of hot air and attachment that we know God will puncture in order to humble them. We simply need to love them where they’re at until that wonderful day, and then we’ll love them even more! :gopray2:
Byz, have you read the Ascent of Mt. Carmel in Book III yet? Ch. 13:6 has some very good counsel regarding certain spiritual apprehensions that are good to recall, particularly if a renewal of love is the result; for that is the very reason God bestowed them.
Also his counsel in Chapter 15:2 with respect to veneration of images, saying:
“Images will always help a person toward union with God provided he does not pay more attention to them than is necessary, and that he allows himself to soar (when God bestows the favor) from the painted image to the living God.”
Finally, spiritual attachments are very possible if not used in the manner he described, and it takes a lot of purification and discernment to know whether they are an obstacle — we hope to understand the difference as we grow spiritually.