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