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For you will certainly carry out God’s purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.

— C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain  <link>

Boredom and Sloth

Habitual boredom, boredom not just with a specific task like chopping wood for ten hours a day but boredom that is like the sky spread over everything, not only leads to sin, but it is in itself a sin. The medievals called it sloth (acedia or akedia), one of the seven deadly sins.

Sloth is not simply laziness. In fact, it does not necessarily imply any physical laziness at all. It means the passivity and inactivity of the will and the passions even in the presence of the true good. In other word, it is the soul’s refusal to eat its food. As violence is spiritual junk food, boredom is spiritual anorexia.

— Peter Kreeft, “Shocking Beauty”  <link>

Either you control your attitude or it controls you.

— Author unknown  <link>

God wishes to move the will rather than the mind. Perfect clarity would help the mind and harm the will.

— Blaise Pascal, Pensées  <link>

Spiritus ubi vult spirat.
(The Spirit blows where he wills.)

— John 3:8  <link>

Desire and Destiny

We are what our deep, driving desire is.
As our deep, driving desire is, so is our will.
As our will is, so is our deed.
As our deed is, so is our destiny.

— The Upanishads, Brihadaranyaka IV.4.5 [via]  <link>