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    I had difficulty rating this religious work by a modern Catholic monastic leader about the phenomenon of acedia, the despair of salvation, mainly because I had strongly different reactions to different portions of the book.I liked the first two chapters that focused on the work of two desert fathers, Evagrius and Saint Thomas Aquinas Nault supplied some wonderfully concrete and apt examples from everyday life to help unravel some of the older terminology and theological philosophical concepts I had difficulty rating this religious work by a modern Catholic monastic leader about the phenomenon of acedia, the despair of salvation, mainly because I had strongly different reactions to different portions of the book.I liked the first two chapters that focused on the work of two desert fathers, Evagrius and Saint Thomas Aquinas Nault supplied some wonderfully concrete and apt examples from everyday life to help unravel some of the older terminology and theological philosophical concepts For instanceImagine a small child standing beside a very tall piece of furniture, a mantelpiece On top of that mantelpiece there is an excellent remedy that will cure him Alas, this remedy is totally beyond the child s reac...


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    This theological presentation of the ancient monastic sin of acedia began as a doctoral dissertation It assumes a significant amount of familiarity with theological terms When it addresses the contemporary manifestation of acedia, its primary audience is monastic Imp...


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    When I received the book The Noonday Devil, I wondered what kind of fiction title this would be 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 What is acedia Acedia is a sin or an evil that is actually hard to define Many people incorrectly equate it to sloth, but it is muchthan that In the days of Cicero, it was defined as a lack of care, because people who suffered from this evil did not bury their de When I received the book The Noonday Devil, I wondered what kind of fiction title this would be 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 What is acedia Acedia is a sin or an evil that is actually hard to define Many people incorrectly equate it to sloth, but it is muchthan that In the days...


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    Of all the books I ve read about acedia despite its obscurity there are a few this one is the best to date The author starts with the original definition by Evagrius the Desert Father and takes it through the writings of St Thomas Aquinas on the subject He then spends some time tracing the disappearance of the term from popular and church vocabularies Finally, he looks at the implications of acedia for cloistered religious, priests, and married couples A great resource on the symptoms and Of all the books I ve read about acedia despite its obscurity there are a few this one is the best to date The author starts with the original definition by Evagrius the Desert Father and takes it through the writings of St Thomas Aquinas on the subject He then spends some time tracing the disappearance of the term from popular and church vocabularies Finally, he looks ...


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    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 I decided not to finish because I m not interested in the various takes of theologians.Acedia is a kind of spiritual depression that can manifest itself either as laziness, a craving for entertainment, or,insidiously, as pointless business Just grasping the concept and learning how to spot it in my own life accomplished my goal 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 I decided not to finish because I m not interested in the various takes of theologians.Acedia is a kind of spiritual depression that can manifest itself either as laziness, a craving for entertainment, or,insidiously, as pointless business Just grasping the concept and learning how to spot it in my own li...


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    Fascinating Acedia is central to the modern condition I don t think this book explored it enough as a source of disenchantment for the modern condition It explored it fully as a problem within religious context, but it could be expanded beyond that This book was an excellen...


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    A little over a year ago I reviewed another book on Acedia sometimes referred to as sloth that book was Acedia and its Discontents, by RJ Snell It was terrible and was not a treatment of acedia for someone looking to understand the spiritual phenomenon and combat it in one s own life.This book is the title I should have read The Noonday Devil is an excellent treatment of the topic of Acedia what it is, how it manifests itself, and how to combat it Jean Charles Nault starts the analysi A little over a year ago I reviewed another book on Acedia sometimes referred to as sloth that book was Acedia and its Discontents, by RJ Snell It was terrible and was not a treatment of acedia for someone looking to understand the spiritual phenomenon and combat it in one s own life.This book is the title I should have read The Noonday Devil is an excellent treatment of the topic of Acedia what it is, how it manifests itself, and how to combat it Jean Charles Nault starts the analysis by reviewing what the Desert Fathers, particularly Evagrius, had to say about this topic acedia was an frequent temptation for those undertaking a monastic vocation He then discusses what St Thomas Aquinas had to say on acedia a lot The book concludes with an overview of acedia in various states of life religious, priestly, and married life.If you are struggling with laziness, boredom, indifference, o...


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    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 And I enjoyed reading this book, and recommend it to those weary of their lives.The author of this book which began life as a thesis has been the Abbot of a monastery in France since 2009 After a Foreward by Bishop Marc Cardinal Ouellet, our author notes in an Introduction that Acedia is rarely spoken of today, which is odd, as it stil 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 And I enjoyed reading this book, and recommend it to those weary of their lives.The author of this book which began life as a thesis has been the Abbot of a monastery in France since 2009 After a Foreward by Bishop Marc Cardinal Ouellet, our author notes in an Introduction that Acedia is rarely spoken of today, which is odd, as it still very much exists Essentially, the ...


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    Really great book about the history of and effects of acedia often thought of as despondency, melancholy, etc The understanding has changed over the centuries but it is worth ferreting out Acedia can manifest in so many different ways The author gives a thorough history, including a big slog through Thomas Aquinas s philosophy, but stick with it, because it s worth it i.e don t let acedia prevent you ...


  10. says:

    The beginning is enlightening, but the second half is theoretical just when the reader wishes for practical guidance.


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The Noonday Devil 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 Manifest As Busyness Or Activism Rather, Acedia Is A Gloomy Combination Of Weariness, Sadness, And A Lack Of Purposefulness It Robs A Person Of His Capacity For Joy And Leaves Him Feeling Empty, Or Void Of MeaningAbbot Nault Says That Acedia Is The Most Oppressive Of Demons 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.He Begins His Study Of Acedia By Tracing The Wisdom Of The Church On The Subject From The Desert Fathers To Saint Thomas Aquinas He Shows How Acedia Afflicts Persons In All States Of Life Priests, Religious, And Married Or Single Laymen He Details Not Only The Symptoms And Effects Of Acedia, But Also Remedies For It.