The Noonday Devil: Symptoms of Acedia


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Do the Coronavirus lockdowns have you feeling down? Do you feel a bit lazier, despondent or discouraged right now? You'll find a lot of common ground with the guys in this episode. We break down symptoms of what could once be considered the "8th Deadly Sin." In this episode, you will learn just what Acedia is and (while we aren't priests or doctors!) be able to diagnose if you have it yourself.

Show Highlights:

  • What is Acedia?
  • How is Acedia different from Sloth (or laziness)?
  • Why is Acedia dangerous?
  • Normalization of the noonday devil in modern culture.
  • Why binging is bad.
  • Five Principal Manifestations of Acedia.
  • "Daughters" of Acedia.


  • The Noonday Devil by Dom Jean-Charles Nault
  • The Eight Evil Thoughts by Evagrius of Pontus

View the full show notes here.


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