worldly concern

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Noun1.worldly concern - the concerns of this life as distinguished from heaven and the afterlife; "they consider the church to be independent of the world"
concern - something that interests you because it is important or affects you; "the safety of the ship is the captain's concern"
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The time of the two parties uniting in the Octagon Room being correctly adjusted, Catherine was then left to the luxury of a raised, restless, and frightened imagination over the pages of Udolpho, lost from all worldly concerns of dressing and dinner, incapable of soothing Mrs.
There is much worldly concern, and many troublesome facts of our lives are touched upon in this weightless yet weighted story; there is much bitter truth brought forth, like the painfully relevant passage about the new relationships between men and women ("Zwischen Mann und Frau ist neuerdings Feindschaft gesetzt"), yet we find everywhere kind redemption of our common lot.
First, there exists a stereotype of the European nobility from that era as a privileged elite enjoying hedonistic, carefree existence on their manorial estates, free from any sort of worldly concern.
The word 'udasi' is derived from the Sanskrit 'Udasian' - literally meaning to be detached from worldly concerns and comforts.
During the Dhikr, you feel you are floating in the air and forget about worldly concerns," adds the 38-year-old man, who is a follower of Al Shazlia, a major Sufi order in Egypt.
March 1, Ash Wednesday, reminds us that we 'are dust, and to dust we will return' The message of Lent for all of us is not to worry about our worldly concerns, but, on the contrary, to be reminded that life is short, that we are all just passing through, and that Heaven is our final destination.
Sport often aspires to be an arena happily elevated from the worldly concerns of politics, religion or ideology -- a place where people can connect through the commonality of competition and skill.
Wagner and Briggs believe that the existence of such examples across cultures and throughout history proves that humans have a need to address both our spiritual and worldly concerns.
Fasting deprives a person of food and drink and sex during the day, and this denial of excessive enjoyments is reflected in the heart, which gains more strength for seeking Allah and frees it from the chains of these distractions which take a person from thinking of the Hereafter by occupying him with worldly concerns.
If someone permits his worldly concerns to rule him, then all his behavior will be shaped by selfish wishes.
It succeeds in illuminating Green's multiple roles and motivations, his ethics and inconsistencies, his accomplishments and shortcomings, his struggle to reconcile spiritual beliefs and worldly concerns, and the constant interplay of his Calvinist tenets with the wider circles of family, church, community, state, and nation.
Religious people are commanded to drop worldly concerns.