“Detachment gives us the understanding that we are born into a world that is larger and more important than we; that we are drops in an infinite sea…and that we cannot have both intensity of experience and permanency of duration.”
So wrote Rabbi Joshua Liebman in his 1946 self-help book Peace of Mind, a striking and very American celebration of the value of detachment. It perfectly describes the impulse I felt in my youth when I went to the Colorado Rockies in search of the...
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John C. Seitz is an assistant professor and an associate director of the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University. His book No Closure: Catholic Practice and Boston's Parish Shutdowns was published by Harvard University Press in 2011.