December 5th, 2016

4th Step Notes..The Sin of Sloth — Seven Deadly Sins

In the Summa Theologiae, Medieval theologian Thomas Aquinas said

 Sloth is "sluggishness of the mind which neglects to begin good... [it] is evil in its effect, if it so oppresses man as to draw him away entirely from good deeds." (2,35, ad 1)

The Pocket Catholic Catechism says:

Sloth is the desire for ease, even at the expense of doing the known will of God. Whatever we do in life requires effort. Everything we do is to be a means of salvation. The slothful person is unwilling to do what God wants because of the effort it takes to do it. Sloth becomes a sin when it slows down and even brings to a halt the energy we must expend in using the means to salvation.

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The Sin of Sloth — Seven Deadly Sins

Thich Nhat Hanh - Please Call Me by My True Names

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Please Call Me by My True Names

by Thich Nhat Hanh


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Don't say that I will depart tomorrow --
even today I am still arriving.
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My joy is like Spring, so warm
it makes flowers bloom all over the Earth.
My pain is like a river of tears,
so vast it fills the four oceans.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and my laughter at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up,
and so the door of my heart
can be left open,
the door of compassion.


-- from Call Me by My True Names: The Collected Poems of Thich Nhat Hanh, by Thich Nhat Hanh
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