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.
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.
The permanent residents had their own worldly concerns that they pursued in ways far removed from the sublime ideals that the rest of the Muslim world was constructing around the idea of Mecca.
Grilling stations for cooking as well as bathrooms with showers are scattered around the grounds so guests can take care of worldly concerns.
The melody of the reed flute, Mevlana said, speaks of separation from worldly concerns and seeks the moment when it will be reunited with God.
Our beloved Nazarene (background, a carpenter's shop after a stable birth, friends drawn from the Palestine tracks) must rue the day He allowed St Paul to graft on Him the worldly concerns of his Christians.
The existential-hermeneutic 'as', that is, seeing things as handy in the light of our worldly concerns, is existentially prior to the apophantic 'as' which shows them in their bodily presence.
The Sheikh describes in detail the experience of the zikr, the aim of which is to become detached from all worldly concerns and reach union with God.
She writes that "the discussion suggests that monastic hospitality was motivated by both spiritual and worldly concerns, and that the two were not mutually exclusive" (48).