Sloth + Gluttony
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. ~Proverbs 13:4
My dearest sisters,
This week as we have been talking about the vice of sloth or acedia, and we can see how it can come up in our lives.
In my life, it comes out along with other vices. Last week we spoke about Gluttony. I find that Acedia and Gluttony tend to go hand in hand in my life.
When I am in a place of spiritual desolation, my escape becomes everything other than God. I fill my life with social media, TV, netflix, and movies.
Acedia affects our souls greatly, it's this lack of joy and a desire for good. The greatest good is God Himself. When acedia attacks me, I don't desire to deepen my relationship with the Lord because I don't desire that goodness from God.
Instead, it combines with other vices and then we can fall into deep desolation or separation from the joy that only God provides.
When I started the Exodus challenge it became very hard for me, when times of desolation in my faith came. Because I didn't have my escapes and I couldn't give into the sin of gluttony. Instead, I had to turn to the Lord.
What is amazing is that the Lord desires us even more so in those moments were we are broken and hurting. He desires to provide us with joy. But to do this, we have to break our bonds to sin.
How do we break these bonds? Through prayer, fasting, meditation on scripture, the rosary, adoration and most of all the Eucharist.
God desire for us to search for His heart, and only when we find Him are we able to experience true joy. Don't allow for acedia steal this from you.