Spiritual Sloth and How to Become a Certified Christian Counselor
Spiritual sloth is a deadly thing. As one of the seven capital sins it can lead the soul to many vices. According to Pope Francis, spiritual sloth is also a threat to apostolic zeal. It can strip the soul of the zeal and energy to not only care for itself but also one’s brother or sister in need.
Like any vice, we must be alert and aware. Sloth can quickly make work on an industrious soul’s pray life and divert the soul’s attention to other worldly things or play on the body’s condition. It can be as innocent as a day without a morning pray or sleeping in instead of going to church. It can work its way into the soul and create a habit of sloth instead of isolated incidents.
This is why we must be vigilant in our spiritual hygiene. We must care for our soul with regular doses of scripture, grace and the sacraments. We must strive to force ourselves in moments of desolation to feel for God even if the reward of his presence eludes us. I promise you, his presence is there but we are spiritually growing.
The article below has more on this subject.
In his homily on Tuesday, Pope Francis lamented the many Christians who close the door to God’s grace out of spiritual laziness, urging them to instead receive healing from the Lord so they can spread the Gospel.
“This is the disease of sloth, the acedia of Christians. This attitude that is crippling the apostolic zeal, which makes Christian people stand still and at ease,” the Pope exclaimed in his April 1 Mass.
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Pope Francis is emphasizing the need for us to also remain industrious in our spiritual zeal for others. We need to remain ever aware of the need of others and not allow this type of spiritual sloth to overcome us. How many times do we sit in comfort when our brothers and sisters suffer? We need to take time a week to help others, donate to others and bring the Gospel to others. Spiritual hygiene is not just a personal goal but a social goal. As Christians we belong to the Body of Christ which is a very social element.
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