Posted by: wordofthevine | March 2, 2018

Sustainable living: a Backbone to Practical Holiness!

You might not know this from my blogs but I am a whole foods, sustainable living guru in addition to being a Catholic chaplain and a spiritual writer. Each week, I bake my own bread after grinding my own organic flour. I prefer to eat low on the food chain focusing what we eat in fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains with some low fat meats. Now don’t get me wrong. I bake cookies on occasion when my kids come home from college but right now I have a green house set up in my basement with new seedlings for my garden. I try to can all my own tomato products and savage from my neighborhood, apples, peaches, pears and berries that my neighbors grow but do not process.

You might not think that you have time for all this but actually it’s easy to work in and really part of a contemplative lifestyle for holiness. I think of this every time I read Genesis that we have been given every kind of vegetation and fruit bearing tree as a gift from God. Modern life has moved us away from a secret to contemplative peacefulness and health. When we are healthy, we pray better and are more charitable. We don’t want to squander God’s gifts to us and short change our well being. It only takes some creativity when you come home tired after a long day at work or with young children.

For the next month, as we approach the growing season, I want to focus my blog on some practical ideas to promote this simple, minimalistic sustainable living for holiness! Believe me, I am practical when I suggest this as I have six kids who were closely spaced by our choice. That’s all for now,for I am going to go shape my bread dough, but stay tuned. You will have a ball with me as we explore these simple healthy ideas for contemplative living and health! ~ Mary Kaufmann, Director of Incarnate Institute.


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