(The Way of Perfection, Chapter 8-11)
"Indeed I count everything as loss because
of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ
Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered
the loss of all things, and count them as
refuse, in order that I may gain Christ."
The heart, by nature, tends to cling;
To what it treasures and holds dear;
Desires drive its yearn for things,
With envy, greed, pride, lust, and
The Holy One is crowded out,
By all the treasures the heart hordes;
And He's not heard above the shout
Of its desires and their lords.
Detachment is the discipline
To let go of and give away,
The heart's treasures with abandon,
And to forget self, come what may.
In letting go of all that binds,
Freedom is gained; order's restored.
The tyranny of self rescinds --
The heart beats only for the Lord.
All that we clutch will see its end;
Leave all for the Lord - our dearest
May the Lord grant us the grace and discipline
to let go of all that is not of Him, and
to cling to Him come what may.
1. Philippians 3:8
(c) Paul Buis, 2004