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6 Rules of minimalism according to the saints

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Maria Paola Daud - published on 03/25/19

Before Marie Kondo, there were St. Francis and many others ...

Minimalism is a lifestyle philosophy that aims to reduce everything to the essentials, getting rid of everything surplus. It’s a very fashionable philosophy today, especially thanks to the successful Netflix series in which the guru of organization, Marie Kondo, helps various families tidy up their houses.

Although modern minimalism was born in the 60s, we could say that the saints already taught these principles in their words and actions, living with austerity so they could focus on the essential thing, Jesus Christ.

The minimalism of the saints goes beyond a practical or aesthetic principle, though; it’s about freeing oneself from the ego and material things to dedicate themselves to serving others and the Church, and centering their lives on Christ without distractions or obstacles.

These six rules of minimalism show how the saints go above and beyond secular minimalism, giving it their special touch, the testimony of their lives.


CLEANING

Read more:
Tidying up your house is part of an ancient Christian tradition


ORGANIZING

Read more:
How I made Marie Kondo decluttering stick in my life

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