In "Thought of the Day: Detachment," we looked at the true nature of Christian detachment, which turns out to be an attachment to God. Today, in this short passage from St. John Climacus' great spiritual work The Ladder of Divine Ascent (read every Lent by many Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox), we receive some sound advice on how those of us who are in the world can still be detached from it:
Some people living carelessly in the world have asked me: "We have wives and are beset with social cares, and how can we lead the solitary life?" I replied to them: "Do all the good you can; do not speak evil of anyone; do not steal from anyone; do not lie to anyone; do not be arrogant towards anyone; do not hate anyone; do not be absent from the divine services; be compassionate to the needy; do not offend anyone; do not wreck another man's domestic happiness, and be content with what your own wives can give you. If you behave in this way, you will not be far from the Kingdom of Heaven."
—From St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent (Boston, MA: Holy Transfiguration Monastery, 2001)
Excellent words to keep before our eyes as we make our way through the 40 days of Lent.