earthly concern

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Noun1.earthly 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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Collinge shows how the pope's emphasis on charity over justice is not a slight to the latter but rather a call to the laity to be involved in matters of earthly concern, with charity (rather than justice) being constitutive of the Church's identity and mission (cf.
How could a return to earthly concerns like wealth and power feel anything but anticlimactic?
THE watch on your wrist is a shackle which handcuffs you to the present, and all your other earthly concerns anchor you to the here and now, but when the mind is allowed to roam, via sleep or certain drugs, it occasionally glimpses other realities.
Let us not sink and drown in the sea of earthly concerns, pressures and problems.
To reiterate their elegant phrasing, making "sense of the world as a whole" often requires people to mix their spiritual and earthly concerns. Although Wagner and Briggs are not the first to note how many scientists were motivated by faith, and the book is bogged down by many tangential ideas and facts, the sheer breadth of their evidence powerfully demonstrates how universal this sentiment is.
Earthly concerns can be fixed with some practical steps.
The book's heart, though, comes from the increasingly desperate letters between Beatrice and Peter, as her earthly concerns overlap with his more celestial ones.
Exploration of this dimension and one's role in it is what Spirit Tale Two: The Seven Teachers The Dean is all about, offering the framework and basic setting for a series of teachings connecting spiritual with earthly concerns and offering readers of all ages an opportunity to reflect on the larger meaning of experience and discovery.
But as this holiday season showed, only Santa and his reindeer can rise above such earthly concerns as snow, ice, and way too many late-December parcels needing to be sorted and transported.
He has called for the Catholic Church to get rid of earthly concerns warning ""worldliness is a murderer because it kills souls, kills people, kills the Church."
He has repeatedly called for the Catholic Church and its faithful to rid themselves of earthly concerns like his name-sake, St Francis of Assisi, warning that "worldliness is a murderer because it kills souls, kills people, kills the Church."
Indeed, in the absence of other transcendental values, their earthly concerns became magnified so as to encompass their whole moral and ethical universe.