Of all these we will, with the Divine assistance, treat briefly and plainly. And let this be well impressed upon your mind; for our corrupt nature too easily inclines us to a false estimate of ourselves; so that, being really nothing, we account ourselves to be something, and presume, without the slightest foundation, upon our own strength. This is a fault not easily discerned by us, but very displeasing in the sight of God. For He desires and loves to see in us a frank and true recognition of this most certain truth, that all the virtue and grace which is within us is derived from Him alone, Who is the fountain of all good, and that nothing good can proceed from us, no, not even a thought which can find acceptance in His sight.
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The Spiritual Combat apparently had quite an influence on St Francis de Sales, so the similarities do not surprise me. The book itself is at once very practical but also centred entirely on advancement in the spiritual life. Scupoli gives great practical advice on day-to-day conduct to build up virtue and root out vices, as well as on prayer.
Everything is presented in short little chapters on specific topics; not a few of them focus on how to counter the attacks of the devil. Francis de Sales recommended this as a regular reading companion for the spiritual life. This is not something I recommend attempting to read quickly, but rather reading slowly, prayerfully, intentionally.
The chapters are all broken up into small bite-size chunks that offer a powerful punch with plenty of content to reflect upon. The writings are one gut punch There is good reason that St.
The writings are one gut punch after the other. Scupoli does a fantastic job reminding the reader of their sinful wretchedness, but also of the infinite love of the triune God. I highly recommend any Catholic or non-Catholic Christian to pick this up and read through it, asking for the intercession of the saints for guidance throughout this book. It is a true gift. Allego alcune ITALIAN: Destinato a una "sorella in Cristo" senza nome, che probabilmente era una suora, questo libro offre una serie di suggerimenti per la vita cristiana, alcuni dei quali sono ovviamente diretti a persone dedicate esclusivamente alla vita religiosa.
Di te ENGLISH: Addressed to an unnamed "sister in Christ", probably a nun, this book offers a series of tips for the Christian life, some of which are obviously addressed to people in a exclusively religious life. For example, the word "marriage" does not appear in the book, for the intended reader had probably made a vow of celibacy.
Many tips, however, may be of general use. Here are a few interesting quotes: Indulge not in lengthy conversations with those who are bored thereby, lest you weary them, nor with those who like to listen to you, lest you go beyond the bounds of modesty. Do not speak loudly, or in a dictatorial manner, which is odious to others and a mark of presumption and vanity.
Never speak of yourself If others seem to you to talk too much about themselves, try to view their conduct in a favorable light; but do not copy it, even though their words may tend to self-humiliation and self-condemnation. Muchos de sus consejos, sin embargo, pueden ser de utilidad general.
In both cases the authors are shrouded in mystery. Several 17th century editions were published under the name of the Spanish Benedictine, John of Castanzia. Some writers of the Society of Jesus have ascribed the book to the Jesuit, Achilles Gagliardi, but most critics however consider Fr. Lawrence Scupoli as the author of this famous treatise. The first known edition was published in Venice in and contained but 24 chapters; later editions appeared with more chapters, so it is possible that the Theatines or another religious order may have been part of the composition.
The Spiritual Combat
Life[ edit ] Scupoli was from Otranto in Apulia. At baptism, he received the name Francesco Francis. Being already at a mature age in , he joined the Theatines. He took Holy Orders exceptionally fast, after eight years. In he was accused of breaking the rule. He was arrested for a year and deprived of the priestly faculties. Finally he was exculpated from blame, but he had to wait for it almost till his death.