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    Acedia is a condition best countered by spiritual practice and the discipline of prayer, according to writer Kathleen Norris. "It's an ancient word that means the inability to care, even to the extent that you don't care that you don't care anymore."

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    Read more of Bob Abernethy’s September 16, 2008 interview with Kathleen Norris.

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    How can I find my way in this impenetrable darkness? How can a few words from a psalm that I say upon waking be all I need to begin again, after I have been worn down to almost nothing by acedia?

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    A Zoroastrian family of Iranian Americans celebrates the Prophet Zoroaster’s message of “good thoughts, good words, good deeds.” More

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    In most of the world, the poor and sick are ignored. In Lourdes, they are number one, and people say they are drawn there because they believe it is a place of great faith. More

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    In 1858, a peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous said she saw "a lady dressed in white" in Lourdes, now an international pilgrimage destination that hosts more than 5 million visitors a year.

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    Photographer Yankl Conzen was not Jewish, but he embraced Jewish culture and history. His poignant photographs of Purim depict children from one of Jerusalem's Orthodox neighborhoods.

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    These Purim photographs capture the Jewish holiday's themes of identity and masquerade through its tradition of dressing in costume.

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