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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In short, the here and now become unbearable. It may be acedia. But the second option shows even more love: Acedia is a kind of spiritual depression that can manifest itself either as laziness, a craving for entertainment, or, more insidiously, as pointless business. Print Tweet Share Comments No comments on this story Please log in to comment by clicking here Please log in or register to add your comment Other items that may interest you.

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.

Noonday Devil Forward, Introduction, Chapter one. None of these social obsessions provided me opportunities for applying the concept of acedia to my own religious life in any aceda way.

This is the kind of book that is well worth reading again every year or so. The third and fourth chapters about how this evil applies to our lives in the 21st century were useful.

La Acedia: Atonía del Alma

It will be better elsewhere; it used to be better back then. Thomas Aquinas on the subject. Loved it, we and I mean to very much include myself need this today!

Nault does a wonderful job of not only presenting the history behind this evil, but ways to combat and defeat this evil as well! The author does a good job at expanding the understanding of Acedia or what is popularly called ‘Sloth’ from mere laziness to something more lethal, and hence why it is called a Deadly Sin, ro This book is very insightful, written by a Monk, yet penetrating the lives of all who call themselves Christian.

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It’s theology is not ponderous, but it is “meaty” in terms of theological thought. It is especially prevalent in our present day, though, and in all walks of life and stations of life.

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Finally, he looks at the implications of acedia for cloistered religious, priests, and married couples. Although its name harkens back to antiquity and the Middle Ages, and seems to have been largely forgotten, acedia is experienced by countless modern people who describe their condition as depression, melancholy, burn-out, or even mid-life crisis. Evagrio understands acedia as a lack of concern for the spiritual life; he defines it as an “numbing of the soul”, that is to say: Transform your spiritual life with this new title.

The author also proposes both metaphysical and practical means to overcoming this ailment, but the question that is posed is will man take these means? It was a refreshing and resourceful read; very helpful in examining one’s thoughts and direction, regardless of one’s state se life. It is associated with sadness. To ask other readers questions about The Noonday Devilplease sign up.

Aug 27, Gibs rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Mar 09, Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Overall, I found the book to be a bit on the scholarly side that takes several readings to fully grasp the message.

Posted Wednesday, October 24, Christ’s passion and death on the cross is the most perfect answer to the terrible evil that tells man deminio very existence is meaningless.

It explored it fully as a problem within religious context, but it could be expanded beyond that. Essentially, the Noonday Devil leaves one feeling that one’s life has no purpose; it can manifest as both paralysis and despair, or in an excess of busywork.

Thomas Aquinas will define acedia as “sadness over the divine good and discouragement from action” Ibid. An extremely thoughtful work on a subject not well-spoken of today. In the final chapter, he also Illustrates many of the forms that acedia can take in modern society.

e-El demonio de la acedia 1/ La civilización depresiva.

I borrowed this from the library but will be buying it for my shelf to read again. At the same time, those who are familiar with theological reading will be nourished. We have all heard the words lazy, sloth, and it is related to those concepts. This is where the book went awry for me; it demlnio theoretical and fairly random, a list of petty intellectual grievances.


Feel like you might be battling the “noonday devil? 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.

Chapter One discusses Evagrius of Pontus died and the Desert Fathers; Evagrius very well and concisely described Acedia among the desert monks, and included Acedia as one of the Eight Wicked Thoughts.

One of the biggest lessons I took away from it was that we often confuse sloth for laziness, but it can also manifest itself in the form of being busy just for the sake of being busy. Acedia, that “Noonday Devil” is a broad vice that shows itself in loss of heart and de,onio, discouragement, despair, perpetual need for activity and change, and so forth.

Mar 21, Patrick is currently reading it. It may not be for grade school children, but it is clearly enlightening to most adults. Acedia, in a way, is a sin against faith, hope and charity.

This book is very insightful, written by a Monk, yet penetrating the lives of all who call themselves Christian. 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. The mother has two options: Really great book about the history of and effects of acedia–often thought of as despondency, melancholy, etc.