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F his Roman Catholic mother and left Roman Catholic church to delve into mathematics and rational sciences after his mother s death A poet with scientific leanings he also began to bear in his body the results of his depression and melancholy Kathleen became interested in her Christian faith as she rediscovered the wor Reread pp 1 80David njoyed a passage I had found in Louise Bogan s memoirs in which she writes of seeing out the window of a psychiatric ward a woman hanging clothes and of wishing that I too could hang out clothes in a happy normal way When she walked with other patients at the hour when children begin to scent supper she observed an air of despondency came over the group The women knew the hour in their bones It Since so many people are reading this now I thought I would pull my old blog reviews out of storage and place it here Post 1 Acedia Me A Marriage Monks and a Writer s LifeDant I was disappointed with this book It was just too uneven of a book with moments when it really picked up my interest and passages that spoke to my heart only to fade in a few pages to the repetitious descriptions of acedia At times I just wanted to scream at her go back and rewrite it all as Angels Whiskey essays I really wanted to hear about herxperience as a teenager about marriage death and spiritual growth But she insisted on linking it all under the theme of acedia and too often it felt manufactured To add to it she seemed very intended in using Ritual Alliances of the Putian Plain: Volume Two: A Survey of Village Temples and Ritual Activities every single referencever made about acedia over the past 1500 years Now some of the uotations were fitting and very interesting Dante s Inferno for instance but the overabundance thinned their impact However I am still going to give her 3 stars because when I look back at the book it has so many dog ared pages and underlined uotes yes I do deconsecrate books this way I have to admit that it did convey many snippets of truth and wisdom It is too bad that they seemed misplaced though An rudite if rambling book that tries to combine the writer s life with meditations on the concept of Acedia Acedia unfortunately seems to be hard for her to define it s a habit of mind that combines a sort of fatalistic resentment of things with laziness and that affects people who are drawn to the monastic life I don t want to affects people who are drawn to the monastic life I don t want to anything and I don t careMixed in with this are biographical snapshots of her life Her husbands slow hidden sink into depression her life as a young woman going back to a school union These are little moments of beauty because Norris is an Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes—from Punk to Indie and Everything in Between elegant masterful poet When she concentrates on these the book shinesHowever the bulk of it is wrestling with the noonday demon the ghost of Acedia and it is too transparent to pin down Even as a concept as she mentions several times it disappears from usage and from dictionaries as a word That drags the book down If it had been a slim biography it would be fascinating but unfortunately it feels like an aimless ramble Or a wrestling match trying to use words to banish the demon at her heels However I stillnjoyed it and The Cloister Walk is also The Day Christ Was Born excellent Norris says in the introduction to this book that she s been working on it for a long long time gathering materials reading and writing I suspect that what she was waiting for consciously or intuitively was an organizing structure She never found itAcedia Me is full of lots of wisdom and reflection on the spiritual problem of depressionapathyboredomdistraction as well as a smattering of wonderful uotes and stories from church literature that has been largely forgotten by the church and stories about her husband s illnesses and her own battles with depressiontc and uotes from modern authors about society s ills and anything 5 Nights: Sinful Delights Boxed Set else that managed to fall into her file marked Acedia over the yearsThe problem is that it s barely organized at all And at 327 pages it s an awful lot of unorganized notes and thoughts Some things repeat almost verbatim often variations on the same theme are twenty pages apart It gets kind of hard to keep plugging through after the first hundred pages or so while new stuff does turn up now and then maintaining a sense of progression through the book is almost impossibleThere is an awful lot of great stuff here Norris has diagnosed a problem in society and written somexcellent words of insight and reflection about itToo bad she never found that organizing structure. Idst of grave illness; and her keen interest in the monastic tradition Unlike her The Seventh Witch earlier books this one features a poignant narrative throughout of Norris’s and her husband’s bouts with acedia and its clinical cousin depression Moreover her analysis of acedia reveals its burden not just on individuals but on whole societies and that the “restless boredom franticscapism commitment phobia and And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake enervating despair that we struggle with today are the ancient demon of acedia in modern dress?. Oh this latest from K Norris is her best yet at least to my brain A little known to the modern world wave of thoughtbehavior called Acedia is its focus Here Norris has spared noffort during the book s incubation over the last 20 years at yanking Acedia out from its sly hiding places in her own life and subjecting it to a lasery investigation This investigation includes the testimonies of men and women who fled the cities in the Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America early Christianra for the purpose of creating labs out of their own body minds What the cities in the The Pocket Wife early Christianra FOR THE PURPOSE OF CREATING LABS the purpose of creating labs of their own body minds What found was the 8 classic bad thoughts which when allowed to fester and grow can and will derail the basic sanity and goodness in any human being Turns out Acedia is the slipperiest of the usual suspects This one s a keeper for anyone s crucial collection of First Aid texts both psychologically sophisticated and The Color of Our Sky eminently practical FABULOUS I d forgotten how much I dnjoyed Kathleen Norris before I found this book in a thrift store Then it turned out the local library had the audiobook version with a cd that included a pdf of many of the uotes This book helped me think through some topics Here are some of my favorite uotesmaking your bed is a form of some topics Here are some of my favorite uotesmaking your bed is a form of hospitatlity to yourselfphysical work is the best way to fight acediaYou struggle with apathy because you have a great capacity for zealonly worry about fighting it acedia specifically but any problem today and NOT tomorrow alsoa refusal to suffer pain is also a refusal to love It may be that people were created to care but that does not mean it comes naturallycaring can seem like weakness Kathleen NorrisWhat is integrity Abba Poeman replied Always to accuse oneself Kathleen NorrisIt is not sincerity it is Truth which frees us because it transforms us It tears us away from our inmost slavery To seek sincerity above all things is perhaps at bottom not to want to be transformed Henri de Lubac Page 130 We appear to be anything but slothful yet that is xactly what we are as we do and care less and feel pressured to do still We may well ask If we are always in motion constantly ngaged in self improvement and Obsession even trying to do good for others how can we be considered uncaring or slothful Wendy Wasserstein When you achieve true slothdom you have no desire for the world to change True sloths are not revolutionaries but the lazy guardians at the gate of the status uoAre these hyperscheduled overactive individuals really creating anything new Are they guilty of passion in any way Do they have a new vision for their government For their community Or for themselves She suspects that their purpose is to keep themselves so bus sontrenched in their active lives that their spirit reaches a permanent state of lethargiosis Whatever you do repeatedly has the power to shape you has the power to make you over into a different person Cabaret: A Roman Riddle even if you re not totallyngaged in very minutepage 272 While we are tempted to think sadness is a mood an motion he told them in truth it is a passion which asily leads to sin Merton s admonition that the causes of our sadness are not to be soughtin other people but in ourselves is an ssential for surviving in the rock tumbler of relationship whether one is within a place of business a monastery or a marriage It takes real courage Merton insists to recognize that we ourselves are the cause of our own unhappiness The trick is to maintain a nuanced view a After digesting this book for a couple weeks I realize the analogy is that like the Slow Food movement this book is meant to be read slowly in small doses and savored inbetween The title for that matter gives no real clue as to what it contains All Roads Lead Home especially the word AcediaSo what does it mean Acedia a tendency a demonic attack a spiritual manifestation a temptation a sin that tends to cause apathy in the face of a call to action bitterness in the face of conditions that call for thankfulness a withdrawal when the person or others need connection boredom instead of appreciation for a routinetc tc The author Kathleen Norris seems to spend half of the book circling the term describing what it is not what is similar how the arly church monastics viewed and dealt with it and how today s psychotherapists psychiatrists and pharmacologists have touched upon it She circles describes retreats then returns If the tracing of this phenomenon was the only theme of the book I would have lost inte. Kathleen Norris had written several books yet she couldn’t drag herself out of bed in the morning couldn’t summon the nergy for daily tasks Even as she struggled Norris recognized her familiar battle with acedia She had discovered the word in an arly Church text when she was in her thirties Having The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis endured times of deep soul weariness since she was a teenager she immediately recognized that this passage described her affliction sinking into a state of being unable to care Fascinated by thi. Rest but Norris weaves her search and reflections with much practical aspects of her life of writing and all its challenges and anven personal reflection on her marriage commitment and grace given through its many decades Her relationship with her husband becomes poignant as he ventually dies from illness after a number of health crises Her insights through his slow decline complete with the ups and downs of gratefulness and depression are rich and demanding And she ties in life s trials and our responses #with the challenge of acedia The book is dogeared in so many # the challenge of acedia The book is dogeared in so many a book that really should be read again but two xamples give a flavor Pg 42 in nurturing a marriage over the span of 30 years and in keeping to the discipline of writing and revising for ven longer I have often found myself watering dead wood with tears and very little hope I have also been astonished by how those tears have allowed life to merge out of what had seemed dead Page 245 referring to Oregon poet Stafford Writing is like fishing Stafford would say A nibble will always come but all too often we dismiss the little nudge as not worthy of the great works we vaingloriously imagine we will write In a similar way we block our spiritual progress The message of salvation that begins as a whisper is Just Cause easily missed in the noise of passions such asnvy pride anger and acedia Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this ssay as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted here illegallyChristian author Kathleen Norris has long been fascinated by the ancient psychological condition known to monks as acedia and which was actually one of the original Seven Deadly Sins back when they were known at the beginning of Christianity as Sins back when they were known at the beginning of Christianity as Eight Bad Thoughts But what xactly is it Long thought as the pre Enlightenment version of depression combined with sloth Norris book length analysis of the term along with a detailed memoir of her personal xperience with the subject shows that it s actually a much complicated thing an motional state that we would do good in our Sept 2014After re reading this bookI would move this book up to a 4 12 star so am rounding up Very worthwhileJuly 20102010 Review This is another of Kathleen Norris books published in 2008 so the most recent of the books she s written I read The uotidian Mysteries first then this book then her others in random order The text of The uotidian Mysteries is actually about a chapters worth of material in Acedia and Me so you see some of the same material over againAs I mentioned before reading Kathleen Norris books is rather like peeling an onion She discusses many of the same issues in her books but from slightly different perspectives While I have read her other books with interest Acedia and Me is a very sober book that brings many of the issues she has discussed lsewhere into stark focus The subtitle is A Marriage

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and A Writer s This is where the onion layers all peel back and we cry with her over the very open and honest journey she takes with her husband that ultimately nds in his death after years and years of illness and depression and discouragement While she talks of illness and depression in her other books here she delves deeply into them and studies and xamines them in light of the struggles of her own marriage her husband s illnesses and ventual death her difficulties in writing and the struggles of her own search for God s truthAcedia from the title is defined by the author as at its Greek root it means the absence of care The person afflicted with acedia refuses to care or is incapable of doing so When life becomes too challenging and ngagement with others too demanding acedia offers a kind of spiritual morphine you know the pain is there yet can t rouse yourself to give a damn Acedia and depression at first sound synonymous but again the author offers up her distinction I would suggest that while depression is an illness treatable by counseling and medication acedia is a vice that is best countered by spiritual practice and the discipline of prayerKathleen has the temperament that tends toward melancholy and depression She married a man who also had this personality trait David her husband grew up in a devout Roman Catholic family but became disenchanted with the motional non rational faith S “noonday demon” so familiar to those in the Fiesta Moon early and medieval Church Norris read intensively and knew she must restore this forgotten but utterly relevant and important concept to the modern world’s vernacular Like Norris’s The Cloister Walk Acedia me is part memoir and part meditation As in her Amazing Grace here Norrisxplicates and demystifies a spiritual concept xploring acedia through the geography of her life as a writer; her marriage and the challenges of commitment in the ,
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