Joshua Becker – 5 Surprising Spiritual Benefits of Owning Less Stuff

At our time dominated by consumerism, sizing down and owning less is a very unpopular, yet necessary way of living counter-culturally. Here are five reasons why this could be good for you spiritually, according to a recent article published by Joshua Becker in Christianity Today.

1. Owning less offers more opportunity to pursue your passions

2. Owning less is the quickest path to buying less

3. Owning less nurtures our spirits

4. Owning less fosters gratitude and contentment

5.Owning less reframes reality for the rich and the poor

If interested, you may read HERE the entire article. It is worth it. And even more profitable to work on it.

Joshua Becker is the author of The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own, a book that inspires others to find more life by owning less stuff. He is also the Founder and Editor of Becoming Minimalist.

Walter Brueggemann on Idolatry

A really prophetic message.

Richard Rohr on the Western ‘Gospel’ of Prosperity and Success

Soul knowledge sends you in the opposite direction from consumerism. It’s not addition that makes one holy, but subtraction: stripping the illusions, letting go of the pretense, exposing the false self, breaking open the heart and the understanding, not taking my private self too seriously. Conversion is more about unlearning than learning.

In a certain sense we are on the utterly wrong track. We are climbing while Jesus is descending, and in that we reflect the pride and the arrogance of Western civilization, usually trying to accomplish, perform, and achieve. This is our real operative religion. Success is holy! We transferred much of that to our version of Christianity and made the Gospel into spiritual consumerism. The ego is still in charge. There is not much room left for God when the false self takes itself and its private self-development that seriously.

All we can really do is get ourselves out of the way, and honestly we can’t even do that. It is done to us through this terrible thing called suffering.

Adapted from Radical Grace: Daily Meditations, p. 46, day 49 (Available through Franciscan Media)

The Daily Meditations for 2013 are now available in Fr. Richard’s new book Yes, And . . . .

Jesus at the Mall – Where’s the Line to See Jesus?

Thanks to Eileen Ross for the link.

Consumerism, consumatorism, consumism

Iata o dilema de traducere.

Cum redam in romaneste termenule englezesc ‘comsumerism’?

Deocamdata in romaneste, mai ales intre evanghelici, pare sa se raspindeasca termenul barbar ‘consumerism’, care incalca toate regulile derivarii, atit formal cit si din punct de vedere al sensului.

In engleza, termenul vine de la ‘consumer’ = consumator. Daca ar fi sa calchiem, ar trebui ca termenul de mai sus sa fie redat in romaneste prin ‘consumator’+ism = ‘consumatorism’. Continue reading “Consumerism, consumatorism, consumism”

A Psychological Analysis of the Riots in the UK – UPDATE

(Source of picture, HERE)

Zoe Williams, a Guardian columnist, has written the best analysis I have read until now on the roots and the meaning of the riots in the UK. Reading this article I was wondering where are the ethics theologians when we need them.

I paste below a few quotes from this remarkable text, in the hope that this will motivate you to read it in its entirety. Continue reading “A Psychological Analysis of the Riots in the UK – UPDATE”

The Advent Conspiracy

The Story of Stuff

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever. Continue reading “The Story of Stuff”