The Greening of Asceticism

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The recovery of a truly incarnational understanding of asceticism from false spiritualization is critical for Christians who want to engage with the deepest crisis of our time, the systematic ravaging of our primary contemplative medium, the earth on which we live. A renewed asceticism with its emphasis on encountering God through God's creation shifts our perspective from the natural desire to possess and consume to the realism of assessing our needs and reverencing the source of our sustenance.