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Sloth

Fr. Scott A. Haynes


Sloth is the refusal to respond to our opportunities for growth, service or sacrifice.

Acedia in The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things, by Hieronymus Bosch.


Laziness. Indolence in performing spiritual, mental or physical duties, or neglect of family, business or social obligations or courtesies. Procrastination of disliked tasks. Busyness or triviality to avoid more important commitments. Devotion of excessive time to rest, recreation, amusement, television, or the like. Waste of employer’s time, or shoddy or inadequate work.


Indifference. Unconcern over injustice to others, especially that caused by currently accepted social standards; or lack mindfulness of the suffering of the world. Failure to become adequately informed on both sides of contemporary issues or on the Christian principles involved. Neglect of duties to state or community. Failure to provide adequately for, or to treat justly those in our employ.


Ignoring of needy, lonely or unpopular persons in our own or the parish family, or in the neighborhood; or unwillingness to minister to them. Insufficient attention to the religious and other needs of our family. Failure to fulfill our obligation of Christian missionary witness, or to take a full and informed part to make the church’s unity and holiness a manifest reality on earth.