This midday, sneaking out for confession and tacos al pastor I arrived at this stinging passage on the recently popular topic of acedia:
...once this affliction has been detected, action must be taken before the whole community becomes infected. I've seen entire communities caught in these chronic acedic patterns. No one knows exactly what's wrong, but the virtuous or zealous newcomer is jeered, and any new leader that takes on the crowd is met with disdain... Zeal is loathed, deprecating talk saturates conversations, and expectations are low. Comfort-seeking replaces mission and self-seeking pleasures replace spiritual practice. (60-61)
Wow. When have I been patient zero in this scenario? Have I repented?
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