Catholic Culture Liturgical Living
Catholic Culture Liturgical Living

Episode 18: Acedia, the Forgotten Capital Sin—RJ Snell

By Catholic Culture Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Oct 02, 2018 | In The Catholic Culture Podcast

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Once included among the capital sins, acedia has been identified with both sloth and sadness. St. Thomas Aquinas, for example, defined it both as “disgust with activity” and “sadness about spiritual good.” Today’s guest, RJ Snell, argues that acedia is the chief spiritual malady of our age, underlying the malaise, nihilism and despair so prevalent in the modern West.


R.J. Snell, Acedia and Its Discontents: Metaphysical Boredom in the Empire of Desire

Thomas’s 2015 review of Snell, Acedia and Its Discontents

Thomas’s 2015 review of Nault, The Noonday Devil

Forthcoming book: R.J. Snell and Robert P. George, Mind, Heart & Soul: Intellectuals and the Path to Rome

Theme music: “Franciscan Eyes”, written and performed by Thomas Mirus. Download the Catholic Culture Podcast soundtrack.

Thomas V. Mirus is Director of Podcasts for, hosts The Catholic Culture Podcast, and co-hosts Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. See full bio.

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