Acedia

Evagrios writes:

When he reads, the one afflicted with acedia yawns a lot and readily drifts into sleep; he rubs his eyes and tretches his arms; turning his eyes away from the book, he stares at the wall and again goes back to reading for awhile; leafing through the pages, he looks curiously for the end of texts, he counts the folios and calculates the number of gatherings. Later, he closes the book and puts it under his head and falls asleep, but not a very deep sleep, for hunger then rouses his soul and has him show concern for its needs. (Eight Thoughts 6, 15)

Is there still someone out there questioning the present-day relevance of the teaching of the Desert Fathers?

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