Hating Mother, Father, Wife, Children…
I long to see you making your home in the cell of self-knowledge, so that you may attain perfect love, for I know that we cannot please our Creator unless we love him, because he is love and wants nothing but love. If we do know ourselves we find this love. Why? Because we see our own nothingness, that our very existence is ours by grace and not because we have a right to it, and every grace beyond our existence as well—it is given to us with boundless love. Then we discover so much of God’s goodness poured out on us that words cannot describe it. And once we see ourselves so loved by God, we cannot help loving him.
And within ourselves we love God and our own rationality, and hate the sensuality that would take inordinate pleasure in the world.
Some people delight in wealth or status, or would rather please creatures than the Creator. These build their foundation in worldly appearance, pleasure, and enjoyment. Then there are some who love their children or spouse or mother or father excessively, with too sensual a love. Such a love gets between their soul and God and keeps them from a clear knowledge of the truth of real heavenly love. This is why gentle First Truth said, “Unless you leave father and mother, sisters and brothers, and your very self, you are not worthy of me.” God’s true servants have always been very conscious of this, and quickly strip their heart, soul, and affection of the world and its pleasures and ostentation, and of loving anyone apart from God. Not that they don’t love other people, but they love them only for God’s sake, as creatures boundlessly loved by their Creator.