Detachment

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DetachedAs many of you know, I am earning a Master’s Degree in Religious Education from Loyola University. I am amazed at all of the knowledge and ideas I have gained over the last year.

One of the ideas I have studied is about the Ignatian idea of detachment. Ignatius believed that if we are to truly and ultimately follow God then we must not be attached to anything but God. Where we live, what we do, and what we have should have absolutely no hold over our lives. We should be open to following God’s direction at any moment.

If God wants us to follow a different career path, we should do it. If God wants us to downsize or live in poverty we should do it. We should have absolutely no attachment to material possessions whatsoever.

Seems like a big request and a counter-cultural way of life in our world that revolves around materialism. Ignatius believed in giving his entire life to God, not just his “religious life.”

Ignatius appears quite extreme in our culture. However, we should learn from him. If we are less attached to things then we are more open to God. If we are less obsessed with our work then maybe we could open our minds to God. If we are less concerned with our appearance we can stop looking at a mirror and see other people’s needs instead. What are you willing to detach from in order to listen and follow God?

Copyright 2014 Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp

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Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp is first and foremost a mother of four children under the age of 17. She has been married to the love of her life, Aaron, for over 19 years. Lori has been writing at her own website Faith Filled Mom for over 6 years. She writes about the journey of faith we live daily and how we can recognize God in this world. She has completed her 3rd year of teaching theology at a high school level and is also a current student of Loyola University Extension Program of Ministry earning a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. Her life is busy, exciting, overwhelming at times but always bursting with her faith in God. Lori hopes that you will find something that might touch your heart in her writing so that she can continue to pursue her purpose in life; to bring people closer to God one word, one moment at a time.

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  1. Sheri Wohlfert on

    Thank you Lori! Ignatius has it right but it can be tricky for sure. I’m planning to dethatch from judging…myself and others because I use worldly standards instead of Godly standards! Thanks for great thoughts today and good luck with dethatching and your studies!

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