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  • Writer's pictureMichael Orange

Attachments Affect Our Path to God If We Are Not Careful

In the tapestry of our earthly existence, the interplay between our secular attachments and our commitment to God forms a delicate yet pivotal thread. It is a reflection of the perennial struggle to balance the demands of the material world with the eternal call to communion with the divine. As Catholics, contemplating the implications of our secular attachments on the journey toward God and, ultimately, our time in purgatory is an introspective exercise that holds profound spiritual significance.


Our secular attachments, whether to possessions, ambitions, or relationships, often occupy a central place in our lives. While these attachments are not inherently sinful, the challenge arises when they take precedence over our relationship with God. In Matthew 6:24, Jesus warns, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” This wisdom highlights the potential conflict between our earthly attachments and our commitment to God.


As we navigate the complexities of our secular lives, the question emerges: How do our attachments affect our journey towards God and, subsequently, our time in purgatory? Purgatory, understood as a state of purification, becomes a lens through which we contemplate the refinement of our souls from the temporal attachments that may hinder our closeness to God.


Our secular attachments can influence the disposition of our hearts, shaping our priorities and directing the course of our lives. When these attachments become the focal point, overshadowing our relationship with God, the purgative process may involve a detachment from these temporal concerns. It is not a punitive measure but a transformative journey where our souls are purified, refined, and prepared for the fullness of divine union.


The concept of time in purgatory becomes intertwined with the depth of our attachments. If our earthly pursuits, however legitimate, hinder the flourishing of our spiritual life, the purification process may require more profound recalibration. The journey towards God, both in this life and the next, involves letting go of anything that impedes our ultimate union with the divine.


Yet, it is crucial to recognize the mercy of God, who understands the intricacies of our human nature and patiently refines our souls. In this understanding, the purification in purgatory becomes an act of divine love, a process by which God’s transformative grace liberates us from the remnants of earthly attachments, allowing our souls to enter into the fullness of God’s presence.


As Catholics, navigating our secular attachments requires a continuous examination of our hearts. It calls for a conscious effort to align our priorities with the teachings of Christ and to cultivate a disposition of detachment, where our ultimate allegiance is to God. By prioritizing the eternal over the temporal, we embark on a transformative journey that shapes not only our earthly existence but also our preparation for the boundless communion with God in the life to come.



Deacon Mike


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