Renunciation for Beginners

The first three steps of the Ladder of Divine Ascent all have to do with aspects of detachment, of leaving the world.  For those of us not called to the monastic life, this detachment is played out inwardly more so than outwardly.  But even monks quickly discover that outward renunciation is only a tool, albeit a very helpful tool, in achieving inner detachment.  That is, whether one is in a cloister or…