The need for virtue. Asceticism in a modern secularized society
"Asceticism", in modern secular society, is perceived as something extraordinarily gloomy, almost sinister, completely different from "normal" human life. Many understand asceticism as a kind of fanatical monstrosity or self-torture, something like walking barefoot on burning coals or hanging from your own ribs - as do, for example, Indian yogis and fakirs, to everyone's amazement.
Such a distorted and biased attitude toward the notion of asceticism in modern society demonstrates how far modern Christians have strayed from the correct understanding of evangelical teaching, how much they have "enlightened," and how foreign it has been to them. became the thought of the authentic spiritual life to which our Savior, the Lord Jesus...
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