“The offspring of dispassion is love, which is the fulfillment of all the commandments (cf. Rom. 13:10), bidding and holding them in unity.”
St Theodoros the Great Ascetic
A Century of Spiritual Texts #21
Philokalia Volume 2
Dispassion is a tricky concept for us to connect with in the 21st century. The early church understood dispassion as the first step toward sanctification. Dispassion, for them, is not a negative state of being, but a state that we all strive for as we contemplate the realities of God. We are looking to become dispassionate about the things that take us away from God or the temptations that cause us to work against God. St. Theodoros, as an astute monk in the desert, knew the result of guided dispassion was love. Love is God and our hope is to work on becoming dispassionate about worldly desires that prevent us from fulling realizing the ever-loving reality of God.