View Podcast Page

Overcoming Listlessness

March 15, 2011 Length: 1:01

St. Symeon the New Theologian on the spiritual danger of being listless.

Click to play

Transcript Transcript

Most of us have experienced days where we don’t want to do anything—even get out of bed. Sometimes we truly need physical rest, but other times we’re simply listless or sluggish.

St. Symeon the New Theologian puts listlessness into its spiritual context when he says:

I have known the demon of cowardice to fight and work together with that of listlessness. One comes to the aid of the other and reinforces him. The first brings fear and obduracy into the soul, the second produces darkness, negligence, blindness of heart and mind, and finally despair. Listlessness is a real trial for all those engaged in the spiritual struggle, but it becomes for them the ambassador of humility.

« Back

"I have been investigating Orthodox Christianity for about one year. AFR has been an invaluable source of Orthodox teaching and information that I listen to as often as I can. It has brought me close to becoming an Orthodox Christian. God bless you and the work you do!"

An AFR Listener


Share this Episode