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The term is used to refer either generally to a lack of conscious fervour and delight in the Christian life as a whole or more specifically to a lack of fervour and delight in prayer and other spiritual exercises. When due to factors outside a person's control, spiritual writers agree that it provides an occasion to recall one's own weakness and to appreciate that the service of God does not depend on felt consolations; regular Christian practices should not be abandoned.

Subjects: Christianity.

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