acedia


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  • noun

Synonyms for acedia

apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins)

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Konyndyk DeYoung, "Resistance to the Demands of Love: Aquinas on the Vice of Acedia," Thomist 68, no.
Within the framework of his advocacy for a general rediscovery of religious moral theology, Schimmel (1997) has suggested that strategies drawn from moralistic literature on the sin of acedia vel tristitia may produce a large impact on the treatment of depressive states, at least for the believing patient.
He then meticulously unveils the psychological core of the biographical surface drawing on the religious and artistic Greek and Latin concepts of acedia and poiesis.
To Al, who despises dictionaries, this story creates a curious kind of acedia, created by a cognitive dissonance nagging at the back of his mind that tells him that dictionaries can become tools of redemption, rather than punishment, if only he would do his homework in order to keep his wrestling scholarship.
11) Albrecht Durer's famous 1514 engraving, Melancholia, may represent the European mood of lethargy and acedia.
His topics include the hermit novelist, Hazel Motes and the desert tradition, sporting with demons, entering a strange country, the prophet and the word in the desert, Acedia and Penthosm vision and vice, and the power of exile.
For instance, Kathleen Norris nimbly connects the benefits of joining contemplation with writing in her 2008 book, Acedia & me [sic] , where she notes that the "activities of walking, baking bread and washing dishes" transform her writing by providing a space for reflection and revision (191).
Thomas Aquinas (1995) (1225-74) describes acedia as a psychological or spiritual condition that causes a morbid inertia and makes a person disdainful of, and disinclined to do good works.
Focusing on the seven deadly sins - and an eighth, acedia (loss of enthusiasm for the spiritual life) - he looks at how each sin affects us, and what makes us unhappy as much as what makes us happy.
Bravely take all that the demon brings upon you, but above all face up to the demon of acedia who is the most grievous of all and who on this account will effect the greatest purification of soul.
Spiritual writer Kathleen Norris describes her own struggle with acedia in her latest book, but she also sees it as a societal problem.
Sins and virtues of Outsourcing Deadly Sin Outsourcing Holy Virtue Outsourcing Equivalent Equivalent Superbia (pride) Self-righteousness Humility Openness Avaritia (greed) Asymmetry Liberality Reciprocation Luxuria (lust) Lavishness Chasity Conservation Invidia (envy) Imitation Kindness Innovation Gula (gluttony) Gamesmanship Temperance Restraint Ira (wrath) Impatience Patience Resolution Acedia (sloth) Apathy Diligence Consistency
In this desired state of spiritual acedia, the soul "has no taste for the things of the intellect, will, or memory, and in no manner tends more to one thing than to another.
Writer Kathleen Norris admits that the spiritual concept of acedia is difficult for the modern mind to grasp.