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

Also, in marriage, the spouses are stalked by the “midday demon,” that demnio, by acedia; they are tempted not to want to continue with the commitment they have made and to look for “new options. A great resource on the symptoms and Of all the avedia I’ve read about acedia despite its obscurity there are a few this one is the best to date.

Dec 24, Kelly rated it liked it Shelves: Dom Jean-Charles Nault, O.

The noonday devil is the demon of acedia, the vice also known as sloth. Just grasping the concept and learning how to spot it in my own life accomplished my goal.

I certainly did not care for Part 4 at all when it came to the authors observations femonio acedia in married couples and for single persons.

When a taste for the things of God is lost, it obliges man to search for substitutes or compensations that allow him to make his life more bearable; acedia, being linked to a loss of meaning in life, generates despair. He shows how acedia afflicts persons in all states of life– priests, religious, and married or single laymen. The third and fourth chapters about how this evil applies to our lives in the 21st century were useful.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Pope Gregory the Greatremoved acedia as a vice and integrated it into “sadness,” so the subject of acedia was blurred and virtually disappeared. May 07, James Andersen rated it it was amazing Shelves: A bit more insight as to why this is such a fight.


Alas, this remedy is totally beyond the child’s reach. I had difficulty rating this religious work by a modern Catholic monastic leader about the phenomenon of acedia, the “despair of zcedia mainly because I had strongly different reactions to different portions of the book. It affects people in the middle se the day and the middle of life.

Jun 22, Melanie Rigney rated it it was amazing Shelves: Rather, acedia is a gloomy combination of weariness, sadness, and a lack of purposefulness.

The Noonday Devil: Acedia, the Unnamed Evil of Our Times

Posted Wednesday, October 24, It includes an interesting historical trek through Benedict, Evagrius, John Cassian, Gregory the Great and Aquinas; and stops at the dead-end concocted by William of Ockham.

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. I liked the first two chapters that focused on the work of two desert fathers, Evagrius and Saint Thomas Aquinas.

His thoughts about acedia in the life of monks and priests were intriguing and felt perceptive in many ways. Some really good tidbits: The mother has two options: None of these social obsessions provided me opportunities for applying the concept of acedia to my own religious life in any significant way. Most important, learn the remedies for it! Toggle navigation Main menu.

Thomas Aquinas will define acedia as “sadness over the divine good and discouragement from action” Ibid. In general terms it is understood as “fatigue,” “reluctance,” “discouragement” that leads the person to a loss of meaning for what he does.

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. Si Escuchas Su Voz. Despite all his efforts, he will never be able to get to it Along with Kathleen Norris’s Acedia and Meit addresses a long-forgotten but deeply relevant topic for the 21st century.


Apr 09, Manny rated it really liked it.

The apostle Paul insists: As a single, never married, no children, person I found that part demeaning, insulting and judgmental. In that sense, acedia is not an evil or temptation exclusively of the monks but of all. Thomas Aquinas, he offers an in-depth explanation of one of the most overlooked spiritual maladies. Acedia, the Unnamed Evil of Lq Times. The book is well-organized, which makes it easy to follow and return to for review and note-taking.

Overall, I’d recommend the first half of this book but not the second. This book was an excellent start to understanding the nature of acedia. Also in the first chapter, we see the “five principal manifestations of acedia,” and the “five remedies for acedia. In short, demonoi here and now become unbearable.

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

The Noonday Devil is an excellent study of the topic of Acedia. May 02, Greg rated it liked it. Loved it, we and I mean to very caedia include myself need this today!

It’s theology is not ponderous, but it is “meaty” in terms of theological thought. La acedia, el oscuro mal de nuestro tiempo. It had a lot of historical information but when it came down to application, there was very little for married or single people in the world.