An examination of acedia in the light of psychology, acedia & Me is both intimate and historically sweeping, and Norris's own experience, often provocative, spirituality, sometimes funny, brimming with exasperation and reverence, the healing powers of religious practice, and always insightful. Fascinated by this "noonday demon", so familiar to those in the early and medieval Church, Norris knew she must restore this forgotten but important concept to the modern world's vernacular.
The Noonday Devil: Acedia, the Unnamed Evil of Our TimesIgnatius Press #ad - The noonday devil is the demon of acedia, the vice also known as sloth. Rather, acedia is a gloomy combination of weariness, sadness, and a lack of purposefulness. He details not only the symptoms and effects of acedia, but also remedies for it. Although its name harkens back to antiquity and the Middle Ages, and seems to have been largely forgotten, burn-out, acedia is experienced by countless modern people who describe their condition as depression, melancholy, or even mid-life crisis.
The Noonday Devil: Acedia, the Unnamed Evil of Our Times #ad - 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. 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.
The word “sloth”, however, can be misleading, for acedia is not laziness; in fact it can manifest as busyness or activism.
Acedia and Its Discontents: Metaphysical Boredom in an Empire of DesireAngelico Press #ad - Like his great predecessors josef pieper, jacques maritain, and Pope John Paul II, Romano Guardini, Max Picard, he diagnoses the besetting disease of our time--spiritual torpor--and prescribes as a remedy the joyful celebration of the Sabbath. As described by josef pieper, and that ultimately means he does not wish to be what he really, the slothful person does not "want to be as God wants him to be, fundamentally is.
Sloth is a hellish despair. Our own culture is deeply infected, choosing a destructive freedom rather than the good work for which God created us. This is the 'noonday devil' that great saints have labelled 'sloth. Know your enemy. A stupendous book, filled with the happiness of wonder. Anthony esolen, "a whole book about just one vice, 'sloth'? Ah, but this book is different.
Acedia and Its Discontents: Metaphysical Boredom in an Empire of Desire #ad - J. Read this book!"--petER KREEFT. By feasting, we learn to see the world as enchanting, and working well, beautiful, keeping sabbath, and good--just as God sees it. In the arid wasteland that is academic writing, amid the wider desert that is modern secular thought, R. While the term acedia may be unfamiliar, the vice, usually translated as sloth, is all too common.
Snell's book on acedia is an oasis of flowers and fruit and fresh water.
The Cloister WalkRiverhead Books #ad - In this stirring and lyrical work, and relevant to us, the monastery, often considered archaic or otherworldly, accessible, becomes immediate, no matter what our faith may be. An embrace of moral and spiritual contemplation. The new york times“A remarkable piece of writing. A new york times bestseller and new york times notable book of the year“vivid, compelling.
. If read with humility and attention, Kathleen Norris's book becomes lectio divina, or holy reading. The boston globefrom the iconic author of Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, a spiritual journey that brings joy to the meanings of love, grace and faith. Why would a married woman with a thoroughly protestant background and often more doubt than faith be drawn to the ancient practice of monasticism, work, and scripture? This is the question that poet Kathleen Norris asks us as, somewhat to her own surprise, to a community of celibate men whose days are centered on a rigid schedule of prayer, she found herself on two extended residencies at St.
The Cloister Walk #ad - John's Abbey in Minnesota. Part record of her time among the benedictines, the cloister walk demonstrates, part meditation on various aspects of monastic life, its ritual, how immersion in the cloistered world-- its liturgy, from the rare perspective of someone who is both an insider and outsider, its sense of community-- can impart meaning to everyday events and deepen our secular lives.
Amazing GraceRiverhead Books #ad - Words like "judgment, " "salvation, " "faith, " "sinner"—even "Christ"—formed what she called her "scary vocabulary, " "dogma, " words that had become so codified or abstract that their meanings were all but impenetrable. She evokes a rich spirituality rooted firmly in the chaos of everyday life—and offers believers and doubters alike an illuminating perspective on how we can embrace ancient traditions and find faith in the contemporary world.
She found she had to wrestle with them and make them her own before they could confer their blessings and their grace. Blending history, norris uses these words as a starting point for reflection, and memoir, storytelling, etymology, theology, and offers a moving account of her own gradual conversion. A new york times notable book of the yearfrom the new york times-bestselling author of The Cloister Walk, a book about Christianity, spirituality, and rediscovered faith.
Amazing Grace #ad - Struggling with her return to the Christian church after many years away, Kathleen Norris found it was the language of Christianity that most distanced her from faith.
Dakota: A Spiritual Geography DakotasMariner Books #ad - Dakota: A Spiritual Geography Dakotas #ad - A deeply spiritual, deeply moving book” about life on the Great Plains, by the New York Times–bestselling author of The Cloister Walk The New York Times Book Review. With humor and lyrical grace, ” kathleen norris meditates on a place in the American landscape that is at once desolate and sublime, harsh and forgiving, steeped in history and myth San Francisco Chronicle.
. A combination of reporting and reflection, Dakota reminds us that wherever we go, we chart our own spiritual geography.
Quotidian Mysteries, The: Laundry, Liturgy and "Women's Work" Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality Book 1998Paulist PressTM #ad - Quotidian Mysteries, The: Laundry, Liturgy and "Women's Work" Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality Book 1998 #ad - The bestselling author of the cloister Walk reflects on the sanctifying possibilities of everyday work and how God is present in worship and liturgy as well as in ordinary life. Definitely not “for women only. ”.
A Guide to Living in the Truth: St. Benedict's Teaching on HumilityLiguori #ad - He also demonstrates how people must stop regarding others as rivals and be content with what we have because it is a waste of time to envy those who possess qualities different than our own. Humble individuals are content with both the gifts and limitations inherent in who they are. Paperback. This book shows us how humility brings a basic happiness that is able to cope with difficulties and sorrows.
Casey translates the ancient wisdom of Saint Benedict into the modern arena of capitalistic competition.
Talking Back: A Monastic Handbook for Combating Demons Cistercian Studies 229Cistercian Publications #ad - His book talking back antirrhaªtikos lists over 500 thoughts or circumstances in which the demon-fighting monk might find himself, along with the biblical passages with which the monk should respond. He studied ancient Christianity at Harvard Divinity School and Yale University. How did the monks of the egyptian desert fight against the demons that attacked them with tempting thoughts? How could Christians resist the thoughts of gluttony, one of the greatest spiritual directors of ancient monasticism, fornication, or pride that assailed them and obstructed their contemplation of God? According to Evagrius of Pontus 345 '399, the monk should talk back to demons with relevant passages from the Bible.
From talking back we gain a better understanding of Evagrius's eight primary demons: gluttony, fornication, anger, love of money, listlessness, sadness, vainglory, and pride. We can explore a central aspect of early monastic spirituality, and we get a glimpse of the temptations and anxieties that the first desert monks faced.
Talking Back: A Monastic Handbook for Combating Demons Cistercian Studies 229 #ad - . David brakke is professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences of Indiana University. It became one of the most popular books among the ascetics of Late Antiquity and the Byzantine East, but until now the entire text had not been translated into English. Brakke is the author of athanasius and asceticism and Demons and the Making of the Monk: Spiritual Combat in Early Christianity, and he edits the Journal of Early Christian Studies.
Time and Despondency: Regaining the Present in Faith and Life#ad - These are symptoms, of what early Christian theologians called despondency acedia, a spiritual sickness rooted in a lack of care or effort. A condition as old as the ancients, anxiety, despondency thrives in today’s culture of leisure, and digital distraction. Time and despondency is a penetrating synthesis of ancient theology, spiritual memoir, and self-help practicality.
. Restlessness. The remedies offered by time-honored Christian thinkers for this predicament constitute not only an antidote to despondency but also stepping stones back to the present moment. In regaining the sacredness of time, we re-encounter the Resurrection of Christ in the dark and restless moments of our lives.
Time and Despondency: Regaining the Present in Faith and Life #ad - Driven by the fear of death and the anxiety of living, despondency drives us to abandon the present moment, forsaking the only temporal realm in which we have true fellowship with Christ. Idleness. It envisions despondency as the extension of a broken relationship with the experience of time. Procrastination.