Acedia

“Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.” – BCP

Acedia is Latin for Sloth. This term is commonly used to refer to someone who is physically lazy. Our culture seems to understand that on a physical level, someone who does not exercise is bound for a bad future. Failure to act in health usually brings someone towards death.

Failure to act is something the Church has noticed also. The Church has taken note of a more devastating slothfulness of the spirit. The person who participates in this sin does not take part in disciplining the spirit and in such lives a life that rejects God. This does not necessarily indicate a view on whether someone can reject God or not. But it is a reflection of what is in a person’s heart.

Spiritual Laziness is more poisonous than many people realize, mostly because it’s effects are not felt until it is too late. Starting lazy spiritual practices are seen as harmless, but they are really a letting down of our guard, which allows evil to reign in our lives.

Living Christ’s mission takes discipline. We cannot take up a cross without a commitment to practice the way of Christ. Who can bring love, forgiveness, and peace if they do not practice these qualities in their own heart.

Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. – Philippians 2:7

how are you a sloth? What keeps you from taking up your cross in spiritual discipline? Are you willing to commit to practicing the way of Christ and exercising your faith?

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