St. Paul and The world

Last Sunday’s reading from the first letter to the Corinthians from St. Paul is a clear example of the radically different message that The Church has always announced from the pulpit all over around the world.

“I tell you, brothers and sisters, the time is running out.
From now on, let those having wives act as not having them,
those weeping as not weeping,
those rejoicing as not rejoicing,
those buying as not owning,
those using the world as not using it fully.
For the world in its present form is passing away.”

1 Cor: 7: 29-31

I would like to emphasize the last recommendation on the previous excerpt: “those using the world as not using it fully” and claim that this is the pillar of our counter-cultural movement; in other words, St. Paul is asking us to be detached from this world. Now, to offer a more qualified explanation to this, “Catholic Lane” has posted in its website a clear presentation on the meaning of detachment, for example:

“Detachment does not mean that you shouldn’t enjoy your secular pursuits and approach them with energy and enthusiasm.  It just means that your daily activity must be placed on the altar, offered up to God as a living sacrifice” Catholic Lane by Dr. Ambrosio

 

 

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