THE secret is to see to it that our mind and heart are
always with God. We should not allow ourselves to be fully taken by
the charms and deceiving allurements of the world. We have to be
completely detached from it, which does not mean that we should hate
it. On the contrary, we have to be immersed in it as much as possible
and yet love it but in the way God loves it.
That is the challenge! So the question to ask is: How does
God love it so we can also love it the way he does? We just cannot
rely on our ideas and ways of loving the world, because without God
that loving would be suspicious at best.
We can enumerate a few relevant points. First of all, God
loves the world because he created it and endowed it with all the
qualities, both actual and potential, in order to serve us. That is
the purpose of the world. We in our turn should use the world the way
God wants us to use it. And this ultimately is to give glory to God.
Let’s remember that as Creator, God has given everything
in the world its proper nature and laws whose purpose is nothing other
than to give glory to himself. We on our part can only use and develop
the world properly when we respect the nature and laws of everything
that is in it. More than that, we should try to discern how each thing
in the world becomes a living part of the abiding providence of God
over all of us.
Let’s remember that God commanded us, first through our
first parents, that we should “subdue the earth,” which means we
develop it as much as we can. God does not want us to flee from the
world, or to consider it as essentially bad.
In fact, we are asked to be always fruitful and productive
while using and developing the things of this world. This is how we,
as the masterpiece of God’s creation, can prove that we are giving
glory to God, or are truly loving him, repaying his love with love,
which in the end is the ultimate purpose of why are placed in this
This does not mean that there are no dangers in the world.
Precisely because of the sins of men and the wiles of the devil, there
are certain things in the world that can be extremely dangerous to us.
St. John in his first letter went to the extent of saying
that “everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the
eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the
We cannot underestimate these powerful dangers. That’s why
we should do all to struggle against these elements in the world.
Doing battle against these things in the world is one clear way of
loving it, because we would then be purifying it of the effects of our
Everyday we have to make a plan and strategy of how to
effectively handle this abiding predicament of ours. We should give
our all in developing the potentials of the world in all its aspects,
and at the same time purifying the world continually of the effects of
This is how we can love the world without being worldly!