Acedia: The Noonday Devil

The Noonday Devil - Homiletic & Pastoral Review

By Sr Rose Rolling o.p.

Map of the Journey:

For the last two months of our Holy Preaching series, we have found ourselves in what Evagrius understood as the trio of vices pertaining to the ‘mid-point temptations’, the adolescence, of our spiritual life. We have explored two of these – sadness and anger – and now we come to the third temptation in this unholy trio, and the topic for tonight’s talk, which is acedia.

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Magnificat: Daring to Hope

by Sr Ann Catherine Swailes o.p.

Evensong Sermon, Magdalene College, Cambridge, 23rd October 2022

'The Visitation' by Mariotto Albertinelli (1474–1515)

All generations, we have just heard, shall call me blessed. Not least, perhaps, all generations of choral composers, who have found enduring inspiration – and employment -  in these words of Mary of Nazareth as she magnifies her Lord. The version we have heard tonight bears particular

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Anger: The Fire Within

The latest in our series on the eight evil thoughts;  Sr Rose Rolling o.p. reflects on anger.

Introduction: Anger in the spiritual journey

This preaching series is dedicated to the Eight Evil Thoughts, from the Desert Father Evagrius the Solitary. Last month, Sr Ann spoke to us about sadness. This topic marked a point of transition in our spiritual journey: we have now entered a point Evagrius equated with a kind of spiritual adolescence, when our thoughts replicate the inner moods and growing pains typical of teenagers – an alternation between the strong emotions of sadness and anger on one hand, undercut by a complete lack of interest, distaste or tiredness called acedia, on the other.

Tonight, we will look at the second of this triad of teenage-like thoughts, which is anger. 

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