Metropolitan Jonah: Asceticism and the Consumer Society

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, was one of a number of presenters at the plenary session of Acton University here on Thursday, June 16, 2011.

In his remarks, Metropolitan Jonah focused on the centrality of worship, repentance and asceticism in the consumer age.  “The asceticism that is needed to preach the Gospel, and so offer hope and healing to those gripped by the materialism and despair of secularism and the false idol of consumerism, is the kind of asceticism by which we ‘resist death in our own bodies,’” he concluded.

The event attracted several hundred individuals from some 70 countries for four days of study and exploration.

The text of Metropolitan Jonah’s presentation may be found in the archive of speeches by Metropolitan Jonah.