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Signature sins: sloth

February 18, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Trying to repost. From Michael Mangis’ Signature Sins

Sloth is the failure to attend to our spiritual lives. Acedia is spiritual listlessness or laziness, the antithesis of worship. It is a refusal to respond to our opportunities for growth, service or sacrifice.  Antidote: zeal and diligence.  Four expressions of sloth:

  1. Laziness—neglect of our responsibilities.  Antidote: discipline, commitment, ambition, willingness
  2. Indifference—lack of concern about injustice, apathy.  Antidote:  concern, enthusiasm, interest passion or involvement.
  3. Cowardice—uses the risk of something painful or unpleasant as an excuse to refuse to do what is necessary.  Antidote: courage, boldness, conviction.
  4. Sadness—morbidity or despair.  A sadness that savors and takes pleasure in sadness.   Antidote: seeking hope, optimism and joy.

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