Detachment is often preached by contemplative souls. We should not be attached to creatures. We should not give ourselves to things less than God, for indeed “people are slaves to whatever masters them” (2 Pet 2:19).
All this is true, but it sounds negative.
Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity – whose memorial approaches us tomorrow, the same day as the Feast of the Dedication of Saint John Lateran – puts a more positive light on things:
Sure, says the young Elizabeth Catez, I have wanted too much from creatures; but even more, I have not loved them enough, with enough of God’s love. I should be loving them to give God’s love and to let them take their place in the cosmic renewal of Christ; I shouldn’t be wanting them, wanting from them, and demanding from them. Detachment is good because the hole is filled with divine love – with which we must immediately love creatures back.