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

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

Title:The Noonday Devil: Acedia, the Unnamed Evil of Our Times
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781586179397
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:205 pages

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 manifest as busyness or activism. Rather, acedia is a gloomy combination of weariness, sadness, and a lack of purposefulness. It robs a person of his capacity for joy and leaves him feeling empty, or void of meaning

Abbot Nault says that acedia is the most oppressive of demons. Although its name harkens back to antiquity and the Middle Ages, and seems to have been largely forgotten, acedia is experienced by countless modern people who describe their condition as depression, melancholy, burn-out, or even mid-life crisis.

He begins his study of acedia by tracing the wisdom of the Church on the subject from the Desert Fathers to Saint Thomas Aquinas. He shows how acedia afflicts persons in all states of life-- priests, religious, and married or single laymen. He details not only the symptoms and effects of acedia, but also remedies for it.


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

  • Greg

    I had difficulty rating this religious work by a modern Catholic monastic leader about the phenomenon of acedia, the "despair of salvation," mainly because I had strongly different reactions to differ...

  • booklady

    With 200+ books on my to-read shelf I do not add many more books these days, although this book has been so tempting me lately. Reading my friend, Matthew's, review recently has allowed me to make an ...

  • Matthew

    A few lingering thoughts from this book:- I enjoyed the image of the mother helping the child up and how we can not obtain eternal life, but we can ask for intercession and seek eternal life. I enjoye...

  • Manny

    Fascinating. Acedia is central to the modern condition. I don't think this book explored it enough as a source of disenchantment for the modern condition. It explored it fully as a problem within reli...

  • Stuart

    When I received the book The Noonday Devil, I wondered what kind of fiction title this would be. This would be a case of judging a book by its cover, as it is in fact a non-fiction title that deals wi...

  • Gil Gilliam

    Of all the books I've read about acedia (despite its obscurity there are a few) this one is the best to date. The author starts with the original definition by Evagrius the Desert Father and takes it ...

  • Irene

    This theological presentation of the ancient monastic sin of acedia began as a doctoral dissertation. It assumes a significant amount of familiarity with theological terms. When it addresses the conte...

  • Kathryn

    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. And I enjoyed reading this book, and rec...

  • Amy

    Really great book about the history of and effects of acedia--often thought of as despondency, melancholy, etc. The understanding has changed over the centuries but it is worth ferreting out. Acedia c...

  • Fredsphere

    I won't rate this because I won't finish it, but the concept was very helpful for me personally and (I hope) life-changing. I decided not to finish because I'm not interested in the various takes of t...