St. John of the Cross, Doctor, on Detachment


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Prescription of the Day

“In order to arrive at having pleasure in everything, Desire to have pleasure in nothing.

In order to arrive at possessing everything, Desire to possess nothing.

In order to arrive at being everything, Desire to be nothing.

In order to arrive at knowing everything, Desire to know nothing…”

From Ascent of Mount Carmel, Book 1, Chap 13, #11

Tough at first glance.  Can you be inspired, without going clinically depressed, to detach yourself…at least a little, at first, and consider putting yourself in a humble position before God?

Let me know your thoughts…


Deacon Tom Gotschall, The Deacon Dad at