"Gioia seeks to awaken and infuse hope that the possibility of change remains alive and is in the hands of writers and those who value their work. Such hope does not spring from optimism or positive thinking, but from the same grace upon which the Catholic writer depends in facing any difficult challenge. The sin of refusing the possibility of hope is despair, but Gioia offers a more nuanced diagnosis of the difficulty: “The main barrier to the revival of Catholic writing and the rapprochement of faith and the arts is despair, or perhaps more accurately, acedia, a torpid indifference among precisely those people who could change the situation—Catholic artists and intellectuals” (32). We are more prone to acedia if we succumb to a sense of the poverty of our own resources in relation to the richness of the Catholic intellectual and artistic traditions and if we feel intimidated by the magnitude of the task of cultural change."
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