The claim to ascend to the highest peaks of spirituality through a will strenuous exercise, without attention to the body and its needs is a grave sign of pride, which irreparably removes Father Sergio from that God whom he would have liked to meet. The experience of God or of the Self (if we express ourselves in psychological terms) is in fact an experience of totality that includes the body with its instincts, and recognizes fragility, weakness, defects, as indispensable components of the human condition. The ascetic practices, on the other hand, mortify the body, abort it, and leave it without redemption. They lead to a sterile victory of the ego, which swells up and goes through inflationary processes. An authentic individuative path begins precisely from the recognition and integration of the Shadow, that is to say, of that set of deficiencies and imperfections that constitutes us.
Keywords: Pride, ascetism, mercy, body, Shadow, Self