What is Sloth?

Happy Monday Ladies,

We are entering into the middle of lent, the center of lent…the dead center. Sometimes around this time we might hit a bit of a plateau with our Lenten promises, which makes it very appropriate that the vice we will be exploring this week is…

Sloth (also known as Acedia).

Many people mistaken this vice with laziness. Yes, one may feel discouraged and lazy as a result of this vice, but the actual definition of it is “refusing the joy that comes from God and to be repelled by divine goodness” (CCC 2094).

St. Thomas (yup he is back!) describes it as “an oppressive sorrow” or a “sluggishness of the mind which neglects to begin good” (ST II.II. q35. a1)

Some spiritual writers understand it as “depression due to lax ascetical practice, decreasing vigilance, [and] carelessness of heart” (CCC 2733).

Needless to say…it definitely goes way beyond laziness.

Anytime we refuse the spiritual good simply because we don’t want it, we fall into the vice of sloth. This vice in particular is one that I find take a tole on a person’s joy quite a bit because it sucks the life out of you the more you allow yourself to give into it. Everything feels dry, dull, and we lose that drive. Many times if we are in dry moments in our faith, it is very easy to fall into the vice of sloth in those times because we don’t have that strong emotional consolation to keep us going.

Today I want you to take a good scan at how your Lenten promises are doing so far. Have you been still keeping up with them or do you feel like you’ve hit a plateau and lost that push? Do you feel any dryness or loss of a drive in your prayer life?

Walking together, Sandra

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