Como dice el abad Jean-Charles Nault (Cf., El demonio del mediodía. La acedia, el oscuro mal de nuestro tiempo. BAC, Madrid, ), el. Scribd is the world’s largest social reading and publishing site. The noonday devil is the demon of acedia, the vice also known as sloth. The word “sloth,” however, can be misleading, for acedia is not laziness; in fact it can .

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It robs a person of his capacity for joy and leaves him feeling empty, or void of meaning Abbot Nault says that acedia is the most oppressive of demons.

Noonday Devil Chapter Two 18 13 May ls, It’s theology is not ponderous, but it is “meaty” in terms of theological thought. Acedia, in a way, is a sin against faith, hope and charity. Noonday Devil Chapter Two. At an even deeper level, it’s a restlessness that comes from seeking our e from something other than God.

Some really good tidbits: When it addresses the contemporary manifestation of acedia, its primary audience is monastic. I appreciate also Nault’s treatment of the history of the topic, and how the concept of Acedia shifted through the years, suffering an almost complete loss of the term and its true meaning.

Apr 09, Manny rated it really liked it.

The “pastoral acedia-says Pope Francis-can have different origins: It is associated with sadness. In this chapter, we learn of two new definitions of acedia – “Sadness about spiritual good” and “Disgust with activity.

The Noonday Devil: Acedia, the Unnamed Evil of Our Times by Jean-Charles Nault

Alone and confronting himself, beneath the noonday sun, the monk can no longer see or hear himself; he no longer tolerates himself. This book is a bit dense, but well rewards those who remain with the book. The author starts with the original definition by Dee the Desert Father and ds it through the writings of St.


Acedia is a state of the soul soul numbnessan inner obstacle that hinders our relationship with God, produces sadness, generates discouragement or reluctance. It took me some time to get through this book but it was well worth it.

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I really appreciated the first chapter and the second half of the second chapter, providing an overview of the history of spiritual writings against acedia. Apr 21, Gil Gilliam rated it it was amazing. We tend to think of sloth as inactivity, but the more traditional Christian und As draws to a close, I’ll highlight this as my favorite book of the year.

Chapter Two is devoted primarily to St. He urges us not to let ourselves be robbed of evangelizing joy, not to let ourselves be overcome by sterile pessimism: This would be a case of judging a book by its cover, as it is in fact a non-fiction title that deals with the subject of acedia.

Mar 09, Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mar 22, Randi rated it it was amazing Shelves: I cannot recommend this book more highly. Finally, he looks at the implications of acedia for cloistered religious, priests, and married couples.

Now, on to the other dozens of books I I won’t rate this because I won’t finish it, but the concept was very helpful for me personally and I hope life-changing. It’s just what I needed to read this Lent, and I’m sure I’ll need it again.


Aug 27, Gibs rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the final chapter, he also Illustrates many of the forms that acedia can take in modern society.

La Acedia: Atonía del Alma

Our excessive use of technology is also based on the mistaken idea that we can find true “rest” by scrolling through Facebook guilty Oct 28, Ryan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Toggle navigation Main menu.

This book articulates this so well that anyone with enough understanding to do any kind of advanced study ought to read it. The Christian is always called to bear witness to the joy of the encounter eel Jesus, the joy of the Gospel. Ever wonder why faith and prayer can be so terribly difficult?

I finished reading this non-fiction Catholic book today, which explores Acedia, which, although it became subsumed in the deadly sin of Sloth, is not laziness.

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The apostle Paul insists: Ek shows how acedia afflicts persons in all states of life– priests, religious, and married or single laymen. The author uses quotes from both the Desert Fathers as well as following up to the Medieval Theologian, St.