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What did St. John of the Cross mean when he spoke about the need for detachment from people?

Question:

When St. John of the Cross spoke of the need for detachment from human beings, did he mean we should be detached from our spouses and children?<br /> <br />

Answer:

St. John of the Cross was concerned that we love God more than anyone else—not that we love God instead of anyone else. We need to detach ourselves from the times when we love the creature more than the Creator.

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