Can living simply and detaching from material possessions lead to spiritual freedom and deeper faith?
T.K. Coleman, a well-known minimalist turned Catholic convert, discussed the transformative power of reevaluating our relationship with material possessions to achieve a more fulfilling spiritual life with The Catholic Gentleman‘s John Heinen and Sam Guzman.
Drawing on his personal journey and insights from Church teachings, Coleman shared practical advice for Catholics looking to let go of things that no longer serve them.
He explained that the challenge isn’t actually in parting with the things themselves, but rather in releasing ourselves from the stories that bind us to them. It’s important we learn to let go of self-defeating beliefs, and instead embrace new narratives that foster spiritual growth in order to truly live a flourishing life.
“Letting go is about learning to tell ourselves a different story…maybe my love for this person isn’t fully encapsulated in this physical object…our memories are not in our things; our memories are in ourselves.”
Coleman also emphasized the importance of humility and recognizing our dependence on God’s grace to break free from attachment to worldly things.
He pointed out that by participating in the Church’s rituals, like attending Mass, praying the Rosary, and going to confession, we can experience a renewed sense of faith and find the strength to overcome our struggles.
“Our rituals transform us, and when scripture tells us to not be conformed to this world… but let our souls be transformed by the renewing of our mind, what does that? It’s the liturgical, sacramental, and devotional life of the church,” Coleman explained
These sacred moments allow us deeper introspection and a more profound connection with God, ultimately helping to rewrite the story of our attachment to material possessions.
“As Catholics, when we handle our business by submitting to God’s business, most of [the world’s challenges] are rendered irrelevant,” he continued.
Remember, our memories are not tied to our possessions; they are within ourselves, and our spiritual journey is one that transcends material attachments, leading us closer to God and the unconditional freedom He offers.
Let’s reframe our relationships with material possessions, find strength in our faith, and grow spiritually through the Church’s rituals.
By doing so, we not only enrich our own lives but also inspire those around us to live with courage, conviction and a deeper connection to God’s grace.