Acedia (Sloth): Seven Deadly Sins

I thought I’d share some notes I’ve collected about the seven deadly sins.

After all, we are to repent when necessary. These notes are taken the whitestone journal (, The Catholic Encyclopedia, Phyllis Tickle’s Greed, C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity, Kathleen Norris’ Acedia, Lance Webb’s Conquering the Seven Deadly Sins and Os Guiness’ Steering Through Chaos, and my own experience.

Most of these come from Kathleen Norris’ Book, Acedia and Me.

Acedia – refusal or failure to love God and his works, joylessness, spiritual apathy, despair, refusal to enjoy the good, discontentedness, dissatisfaction with current situation, indifference, unwillingness to act, unwillingness to care, the grass is greener on the other side mentality, restlessness, boredom, not using the gifts and talents God has given us, Dante described it as a failure to love God with all one’s heart, soul, and mind and as an absence or insufficiency of love–not just physical laziness, not clinical depression.

You might also want to check the Merry Monk’s definition of acedia. I owe the picture to that site.

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