Depends on what is meant by love.
Detachment from created beings, doesn't necessarily
mean lack of love,
but it does mean lack of desire to possess or be
possessed by created beings.
Love of one's parents changes. Adult love is not
the same as the child's love.
To hang on to child's love of a parent when one is
an adullt could be very stunting.
On the other hand, divine love is all consuming and
will not abide competition.
It demands, as in the act of love, complete
So there is a paradox. It is perhaps partially
resolved by seeing God in one's parents,
for all created beings are reflections of
The intensity of loving God can give one a newer
and deeper appreciation
of created beings, by seeing how they reflect
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Sent: Sunday, March 28, 2010 12:19
Subject: Re: Eliot on Charles Williams'
>Last but not least, let us
preface these observations
>with the epigraph of 'Sweeney
Agonistes' drawn from
>St. John of the Cross:
>"Hence the soul cannot be
possessed of the divine union,
>until it has divested itself of
the love of created beings."
Does this mean that the only way to
be "possessed of the divine union" is to stop loving your parents, your
children, your spouse, etc.?