The “earthly things” we focus on are protection and self-preservation. These two things may preserve us and our narrow world, but a reliance on them ultimately will bring us the suffering we work to avoid. Divine things, on the other hand, move us out of ourselves to focus on other people and their needs. They cause us to engage with others and in doing so find wholeness and happiness for ourselves.
-Br. Eldridge Pendleton, SSJE (1940-2015), SSJE