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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He begins his study of acedia by tracing the wisdom of the Church on the subject from the Desert Fathers to Saint Thomas Aquinas.

P.Bojorge-El demonio de la acedia 1/13: La civilización depresiva.

Noonday Devil Chapter Three. Jul 24, John rated it really liked it Shelves: I really appreciated the first chapter and the second half of the second chapter, providing an overview of the history of spiritual writings against acedia. At the same time, those who are familiar with theological reading will be nourished.

Are people in either camp enriched by it? It was a refreshing and resourceful read; very helpful in examining one’s thoughts and direction, regardless of one’s state in life.

We have all heard the words lazy, sloth, and it is drmonio to those concepts. And I enjoyed reading this book, and recommend it to those weary of their lives. Posted Wednesday, October 24, The author uses quotes from both the Desert Fathers as well as following up to the Medieval Theologian, St.

A bit more insight as to why this is such a fight. I finished reading this non-fiction Catholic book today, which explores Acedia, which, although it became subsumed in the deadly sin of Sloth, is not laziness. It is especially prevalent in our present day, though, and in all walks of life and stations of life. None elicited true opportunities for spiritual growth; so I quickly became impatient. In the aforementioned book, Abbot Jean-Charles Nault points out five main manifestations of monastic acedia: The Noonday Devil is an excellent study of the topic of Acedia.


But the second option shows even more love: Jun 22, Melanie Rigney rated it it was amazing Shelves: Finally, he looks at the implications of acedia for cloistered religious, priests, and married couples.

In general terms it is understood as “fatigue,” “reluctance,” “discouragement” that leads the person to a loss of meaning for what he does.

Along with Kathleen Norris’s Acedia and Meit addresses a long-forgotten but deeply relevant topic for the 21st century. In the days of Cicero, it was defined as a “lack of care,” because people who suffered from this evil did not bury their de When I received the book The Noonday Devil, I wondered what kind of fiction title this would be.

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

Frankly, the cover a Degas painting of an absinthe drinker is what sold me on the book when I saw it at a monastery gift shop. Beginning with the teachings of the desert fathers, and bringing the academic history of acedia to the present day, the author shows how the concept has developed and then been lost over time. Noonday Devil Chapter Three 4 12 May 04, 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.


It’s pretty bold to claim that you have the definitive answer on defeating this sin, but when you learn what it is – the Incarnation or Jesus, because we couldn’t do it on our own, then it makes perfect sense. This book is a bit dense, but well rewards those who remain with the book.

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

I had not thought deeply about the role of cloistered monks, their precise purpose and calling. Explores the cause of many ills of today’s world: The last two chapters of this book deal with acedia in the Christian life, and then more specifically in the lives of religious, priests, and married couples.

A great resource on the symptoms and remedies for acedia. It affects people in the middle of the day and the middle Intriguing read on the subject, written primarily from within monasticism, and for monastics.

Quotes from The Noonday Devil No trivia or quizzes yet. Want to Read saving…. He shows how acedia afflicts persons in all states of life– priests, religious, and married or single laymen.