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  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 66. VARIOUS ILLUSIONS EMPLOYED BY THE DEVIL

    08/22/2009 3:17:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 303+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER SIXTY-SIX CONCERNING THE VARIOUS ILLUSIONS EMPLOYED BY THE DEVIL AT THE HOUR OF OUR DEATH IF OUR PERSISTENT FOE, who never ceases to persecute us, should assail us disguised as an angel of light, stand firm and steadfast even though cognizant of your own nothingness, and say to him boldly: "Return, miserable one into your realms of darkness; for I am unworthy of visions, nor do I need anything but the mercy of my Saviour, and the prayers of Mary, Joseph and all the Saints." And though these visions seem to bear many evidences of having been born in...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 65. CONCERNING TEMPTATION TO VAINGLORY

    08/21/2009 1:05:58 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 222+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER SIXTY-FIVE CONCERNING TEMPTATION TO VAINGLORY THE THIRD ASSAULT is that of vainglory and presumption. Dread nothing so much as yielding in the least way to an exalted opinion of your person or your good works. Take no glory but in the Lord, and acknowledge that all that you are or ever hope to be is to be attributed to the merits of the life and death of Jesus Christ. Until the very evensong of life, hear nothing within your heart but the refrain of your own nothingness. Let your humility deepen as self-love fades, and unceasingly thank God, the...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 64. CONCERNING THE ASSAULT OF DESPAIR AND ITS REMEDY

    08/20/2009 9:07:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 163+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER SIXTY-FOUR CONCERNING THE ASSAULT OF DESPAIR AND ITS REMEDY THE SECOND ASSAULT by which the perverse one attempts our destruction is the terror which he would infuse into our minds at the recollection of our past sins, hoping thereby to drive us to despair. In this peril, hold fast to the infallible rule that the remembrance of your sins is the effect of grace, and is most salutary if it inspires within your heart sentiments of humility, compunction, and confidence in God's mercy. But if such recollection creates vexation and despondency, leaving you spiritless from the apparent cogency of...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 63. CONCERNING THE FOUR ASSAULTS OF THE ENEMY...

    08/16/2009 5:22:05 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 258+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER SIXTY-THREE CONCERNING THE FOUR ASSAULTS OF THE ENEMY AT THE HOUR OF DEATH. THE FIRST ASSAULT AGAINST FAITH AND THE MANNER OF RESISTING IT THERE ARE FOUR principal assaults to which the enemy is likely to resort when we are at the threshold of death. They are temptations against faith and to despair, thoughts of vainglory, and finally, various illusions employed by the children of darkness, who are disguised as angels of light. As to the first assault, depend rather on the will than on the understanding, saying: "Get thee behind me, Satan, father of lies, for I will...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 62. CONCERNING OUR PREPARATION AGAINST THE ENEMIES WHO ...

    08/14/2009 1:53:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 219+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER SIXTY-TWO CONCERNING OUR PREPARATION AGAINST THE ENEMIES WHO ASSAIL US AT THE HOUR OF DEATH ALTHOUGH OUR ENTIRE LIFE on earth is a continual warfare, it is certain that the last day of battle will be the most dangerous; for he who falls on this day, falls never to rise again. In order, therefore, to be prepared, we must prepare ourselves now; for he who fights well through life will with greater facility emerge victorious in the final assault. Meditate too on death, considering its significance, for such consideration will remove the terror that strikes when death is nigh,...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 61. CONCERNING THE MANNER IN WHICH WE ARE TO PERSEVERE

    08/09/2009 1:05:21 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 309+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER SIXTY-ONE CONCERNING THE MANNER IN WHICH WE ARE TO PERSEVERE IN THE SPIRITUAL COMBAT UNTIL DEATH ONE OF THE REQUISITES in the spiritual combat is perseverance in the continual mortification of our unruly passions; for never in this life are they utterly subdued, but take root in the human heart like weeds in fertile soil. This is a battle from which we cannot escape; ours is a foe we cannot evade. The fight against passion will last a lifetime, and he who lays down his arms will be slain. Moreover, we must combat enemies who hate us with unquenchable...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 60. CONCERNING THE EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE

    08/08/2009 2:13:09 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 233+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER SIXTY CONCERNING THE EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE  IN THE EXAMINATION of conscience, consider three things: 1. The faults committed on the particular day. 2. The occasions of these faults. 3. Your need of alacrity in amending those faults and acquiring the contrary virtues. With regard to the faults committed each day, recall the recommendations of Chapter Twenty-Six, which treats of the mode of behavior to be adopted by one who has fallen into sin. It goes without saying that you must strive with the greatest caution and circumspection to avoid the occasions of these faults. And as to the amendment...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 59. CONCERNING SENSIBLE DEVOTION AND DRYNESS

    08/06/2009 3:28:05 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 173+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER FIFTY-NINE CONCERNING SENSIBLE DEVOTION AND DRYNESS SENSIBLE DEVOTION is sometimes produced by dispositions of our nature, sometimes by artifices of the devil, and sometimes by an influx of grace. You may discern its origin in a particular case by studying the effects; for if no amendment follows, you may well suspect the devil or your own infirm nature to be at the bottom of such devotion, particularly if it be accompanied by much consolation, complacency, or by any measure of self-esteem. When, therefore, your heart rejoices in exultation and spiritual delight, be not over solicitous to trace their origins;...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 58. THE OFFERING OF SELF TO GOD

    08/02/2009 12:46:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 255+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER FIFTY-EIGHT THE OFFERING OF SELF TO GOD THERE ARE TWO THINGS necessary to make our self-oblation completely acceptable to God. One is that it be made in union with the offering made by Christ to the Father; and the other is that it be totally free from all attachment to creatures. 1. As regards the first, we must remember that the Son of God, during His sojourn on earth, offered to His heavenly Father, not only Himself and His works, but also us and our works. Thus must our oblation be made in union with His, and dependent upon...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 57. CONCERNING THANKSGIVING

    08/01/2009 2:22:28 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 218+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER FIFTY-SEVEN CONCERNING THANKSGIVING SINCE ALL THE GOOD we have, or all the good we do, is of God and from God, we are bound in justice to render Him thanks for every good action done, or every victory won in the battle against self. And what is more, we are obliged to render thanks for all blessings, general or particular, which we have received from His bounteous hand. To do this in a becoming manner, let us consider the end because of which He has heaped upon us the abundance of His blessings; for from such considerations we come...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 56. CONCERNING SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

    07/31/2009 1:28:33 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 933+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER FIFTY-SIX CONCERNING SPIRITUAL COMMUNION ALTHOUGH ACTUAL RECEPTION of the Sacrament of the Eucharist is limited to once a day, you are nevertheless at liberty to communicate in spirit every hour. And nothing except your own negligence can prevent you from receiving the inestimable benefits to be derived from such a union with Him. It is worth noting that spiritual Communion is sometimes of greater benefit to the soul and more acceptable to God than many sacramental Communions received with little preparation and less affection. When, therefore, you are properly disposed to receive the Son of God spiritually, be assured...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 55. PREPARATION FOR COMMUNION

    07/30/2009 1:10:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 260+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER FIFTY-FIVE PREPARATION FOR COMMUNION, AND THE ROLE OF THE EUCHARIST IN EXCITING IN US A LOVE OF GOD IF OUR MOTIVE in receiving Holy Communion be a desire of increasing our love of God, we should recall the love which God has for us. The preparation consists in an attentive contemplation of this Sovereign Lord of boundless power and majesty, Who not satisfied with creating us to His image and likeness, nor with the immolation of His only Son in our behalf, left this Son to us in the Sacrament of the Eucharist to be our food and support...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat Ch 54. MANNER IN WHICH WE OUGHT TO RECEIVE...BLESSED SACRAMENT

    07/28/2009 11:28:26 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 262+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER FIFTY-FOUR THE MANNER IN WHICH WE OUGHT TO RECEIVE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT THE MOTIVES for approaching this Divine Sacrament are many, from which it follows that there are various requirements to be observed at three different times: 1. Before Communion 2. At the moment of reception of Communion 3. After Communion 1. Before Communion, whatever be our motive, we must, if stained with mortal sin, cleanse ourselves in the sacrament of Penance. And with all sincerity of heart, we must offer ourselves to Jesus Christ, consecrating our souls and all their faculties to His service. For it is in...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 53. CONCERNING THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST

    07/27/2009 11:28:38 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies · 375+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER FIFTY-THREE CONCERNING THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT OF THE EUCHARIST THUS FAR, I have tried, as perhaps you have observed, to furnish you with four kinds of spiritual weapons, and the methods by which they may be profitably employed; it remains to present to you the invaluable aids to be derived from the Holy Eucharist in subduing the enemies of perfection and salvation. As this sublime Sacrament towers above the others in dignity and efficacy, it is the most terrible of all weapons to the infernal powers. The methods previously treated have no force but through the merits of Jesus...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 52. THE BENEFITS DERIVED FROM MEDITATIONS ON THE CROSS

    07/27/2009 1:02:17 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies · 176+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER FIFTY-TWO THE BENEFITS DERIVED FROM MEDITATIONS ON THE CROSS, AND THE IMITATION OF THE VIRTUE OF CHRIST CRUCIFIED GREAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES to be derived from meditating on the Cross, the first of which is, not only a detestation of past sins, but also the firm resolution to fight against our ever present disorderly appetites, which crucified our Savior. The second advantage is the forgiveness of sins, obtained from Jesus crucified, and a wholesome self-contempt which inspires us forever to forsake offending Him, and continually to love and serve Him with all our hearts in acknowledgment of what He...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 51. MEDITATION ON THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST...

    07/26/2009 1:08:47 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 181+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER FIFTY-ONE MEDITATION ON THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST AND THE SENTIMENTS TO BE DERIVED FROM CONTEMPLATION OF THEM WHAT I PRESCRIBED previously concerning the method of praying and meditating on the sufferings of our Lord and Savior regarded only the petition of those things of which we stand in need; now we are to proceed to the adoption of the proper sentiments from our considerations. For instance, if you have chosen the crucifixion and its attendant circumstances as the subject of your meditation, you may dwell on the following considerations. Consider first the arrival of Jesus on Mount Calvary. His...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 50. ...THE INTERCESSION OF THE SAINTS AND THE ANGELS

    07/25/2009 4:28:56 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 242+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER FIFTY A METHOD OF MEDITATION AND PRAYER INVOLVING THE INTERCESSION OF THESAINTS AND THE ANGELS THE TWO FOLLOWING METHODS of obtaining the protection of the saints and angels may be employed. The first method is to address yourself to the eternal Father, laying before Him the hymns of Heavenly choirs, the labors, persecutions, and torments suffered by the Saints on earth for love of Him. Then, in recalling their fidelity and love, beseech Him to grant your petitions. The second method is to invoke the Angels, those blessed spirits earnestly desirous, not only of our earthly perfection, but of...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 49. SOME CONSIDERATIONS...

    07/24/2009 2:30:24 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 231+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER FORTY-NINESOME CONSIDERATIONS TO INDUCE CONFIDENCE IN THE ASSISTANCE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN WHOEVER WISHES to have recourse to the Blessed Virgin confidently must observe the following motives. 1. Experience teaches us that a vessel which has contained perfumes preserves their odor, especially if the perfume is in the container for any length of time, or if any remain in it; yet here there is but a limited power, similar to the warmth carried from a fire, the source of that warmth. If such be the case, what are we to say of the charity and compassion of the Blessed...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 48. A METHOD OF PRAYER BASED ON THE INTERCESSION OF...

    07/22/2009 9:01:51 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 237+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER FORTY-EIGHTA METHOD OF PRAYER BASED ON THE INTERCESSION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN BESIDES THE METHODS of meditation already mentioned, there is another which is addressed particularly to the Blessed Virgin. We first consider the eternal Father, then Jesus Christ Our Lord, and finally, the Blessed Mother. With regard to the eternal Father, there are two considerations. The first is the singular affection He cherished from all eternity for this most chaste Virgin whom He chose to be the mother of His Divine Son. The second is the eminent sanctity He was pleased to bestow upon her and the many...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 47. ANOTHER METHOD OF MEDITATION

    07/20/2009 8:18:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies · 237+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER FORTY-SEVENANOTHER METHOD OF MEDITATION THERE IS ANOTHER method of prayer and meditation besides the one to which we have adverted. In this latter method, having considered the poignant sufferings of your Savior and His patient endurance of them, you proceed to two other considerations of equal importance. The one is the consideration of Christ's infinite merits, and the other, of that satisfaction and glory which the eternal Father received from His obedience-----an obedience unto death, even the death of the Cross. You must represent these two considerations to the Divine Majesty, as two powerful means of obtaining the grace...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 46. MEDITATION

    07/19/2009 2:30:47 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies · 270+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER FORTY-SIX MEDITATION WHEN A CONSIDERABLE length of time [as a half-hour, hour, or an even longer period] is to be spent in prayer, it is advisable to make a meditation on some feature of our Savior's life or passion; the reflections naturally arising from such meditation should then be applied to the particular virtue we are striving to attain. If, for instance, you need patience, contemplate the mystery of your Savior scourged at the pillar. Consider first the blows and revilements hurled at Him by the soldiers as they brutally drag their innocent victim to the appointed place as...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 45. Mental Prayer

    07/18/2009 3:08:59 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 260+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER FORTY-FIVE MENTAL PRAYER MENTAL PRAYER is the elevation of our minds to God, asking of Him either expressly or tacitly those things of which we stand in need. We ask for them expressly when we say in our hearts: "O my God, grant me this request for the honor of Thy holy name"; or "Lord, I am firmly convinced that this petition is Thy will, and for Thy greater honor, I ask this petition. Accomplish, therefore, Thy Divine will in me." When harassed by the attacks of the enemy, let us say: "Come swiftly, O Lord, to my assistance...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 44. PRAYER

    07/16/2009 12:48:03 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 265+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER FORTY-FOUR PRAYER WE HAVE SHOWN that distrustfulness of self, confidence in God, and proper application of the faculties of the soul are the indispensable weapons of conquest in the spiritual combat. Yet a far more important weapon is prayer, since by it are obtained, not only the above-specified virtues, but everything requisite for our salvation. Prayer is the channel of all Divine grace; by it God is compelled, as it were, to grant us the strength of Heaven, and destroy by our weak hands the fiercest of our foes. But in order to receive full benefit from our prayer,...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 43. THE TENDENCY OF OUR CORRUPT NATURES...

    07/14/2009 8:01:22 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 233+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER FORTY-THREE THE TENDENCY OF OUR CORRUPT NATURES, PROMPTED BY THE DEVIL, TO INDULGE IN RASH JUDGMENT, AND THE REMEDY FOR THIS EVIL SMUG SELF-SATISFACTION is responsible for another great disorder, which is rash judgment. This vice, which we not only encourage in ourselves, but infuse into others, springs from and is nourished by pride; and in proportion to our acceptance of it is our growing conceit and danger of further delusions by the devil. For by degrees we assume for ourselves what we detract from others, foolishly imagining ourselves exempt from the sins for which we so readily condemn...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 42. THE DEFENSE AGAINST THE ARTIFICES OF THE DEVIL WHEN

    07/13/2009 7:50:03 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 276+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1938 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER FORTY-TWO THE DEFENSE AGAINST THE ARTIFICES OF THE DEVIL WHEN HE SUGGESTS INDISCREET DEVOTIONS WHEN THE DEVIL, that subtle serpent, perceives us courageously advancing towards Heaven, and sees all our desires tending to God alone, fortified against ordinary satanic delusions, he transforms himself into an angel of light; he urges us to attain perfection, hurrying us on blindly and without the least regard to our own weakness. He fills our head with devout thoughts, seconding them with passages of holy Scripture and examples drawn from the greatest Saints, that he might provoke us into some shameful misstep through an...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 41. NEED OF MODERATION IN THE DESIRE TO BE FREED...

    07/12/2009 1:36:27 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 255+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER FORTY-ONE THE NEED OF MODERATION IN THE DESIRE TO BE FREED OF THOSE EVILS PATIENTLY BORNE, AND THE MANNER IN WHICH OUR DESIRES ARE TO BE REGULATED IN THE THROES of affliction of any sort, exercise patience, being oblivious of suggestions of self-love, and ignoring the tempter, who stirs up urgent desires of freedom from affliction. For from such impatience two great evils will arise. First, although you may not be entirely deprived of the habit of patience, there will remain an unfortunate disposition to impatience. The second evil is that your patience itself will be imperfect, and your...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 40 .. TO BE EMPLOYED IN THE ACQUISITION OF EACH VIRTUE

    07/11/2009 6:17:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 265+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER FORTY THE TIME TO BE EMPLOYED IN THE ACQUISITION OF EACH VIRTUE AND THE INDICATIONS OF OUR PROGRESS IT IS IMPOSSIBLE to prescribe generally any determined space of time to be employed in the acquisition of each virtue, as this is dependent on our various states and dispositions, our progress in the devout life, and the direction of our spiritual guide. It is certain, however, that if the diligence and eagerness previously prescribed are not wanting, within a few weeks we shall make considerable progress. A certain indication of definite advancement is perseverance in exercises of piety, in spite...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 39. THE MANNER IN WHICH WE MAY EXERCISE THE SAME VIRTUE

    07/05/2009 2:10:03 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 253+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER THIRTY-NINE THE MANNER IN WHICH WE MAY EXERCISE THE SAME VIRTUE ON DIFFERENT OCCASIONS IN A PRECEDING CHAPTER it was said that application to a particular virtue is preferable to embracing the practice of many at the same time; and it was said that the particular virtue upon which we have concentrated our energies must be cultivated on all occasions. Next to be presented is the manner in which this may be done with great facility. It is possible that on the same day, perhaps in the same hour, you are reprimanded severely for some action, in itself commendable,...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 38. THE NECESSITY OF ESTEEMING ALL OPPORTUNITIES

    07/02/2009 4:50:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 233+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1938 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER THIRTY-EIGHT THE NECESSITY OF ESTEEMING ALL OPPORTUNITIES OF FIGHTING FOR THE ACQUISITION OF VIRTUES-----ESPECIALLY THOSE VIRTUES WHICH PRESENT THE GREATEST DIFFICULTIESWE MUST NOT content ourselves with being passively receptive to opportunities of acquiring virtue; rather we must actively seek them, embracing them with alacrity when found, and delight in those opportunities that bring the most mortification as they are the most advantageous. Nothing will appear difficult to us, with the assistance of Heaven, if we imprint deep in our hearts the following considerations. The first is that opportunities actively sought are the proper, if not necessary means for acquiring...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 31. NECESSITY OF SEIZING EAGERLY ALL OPPORTUNITIES...

    06/28/2009 8:15:54 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 233+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER THIRTY-SEVEN CONCERNING THE NECESSITY OF SEIZING EAGERLY ALL OPPORTUNITIES OF PRACTICING VIRTUE SINCE OUR PROGRESS MUST BE CONSTANT WE HAVE ALREADY shown that the journey to perfection must be marked with continual advancement. Be vigilant, therefore, that you overlook no opportunity of acquiring a virtue, and sedulously guard yourself against the common fault of avoiding what is contrary to the inordinate affections of our nature, since it is by combating them that we rise to heroic virtues. Using the same example to illustrate the acquisition of the virtue of patience, never avoid the persons, the business, not even the...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 31.THE PRACTICE OF VIRTUE REQUIRES CONSTANT APPLICATION

    06/22/2009 1:34:35 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 368+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER THIRTY-SIX THE PRACTICE OF VIRTUE REQUIRES CONSTANT APPLICATION OF ALL THE THINGS conducive to the attainment of our present goal, viz., the acquisition of Christian virtues, the earnest desire of continual advancement is of the utmost importance, as the least pause retards us. The moment we cease forming acts of virtue, our inclinations, naturally prone to ease and pleasures of the senses, raise in us disordered appetites which overthrow or at least weaken our virtuous habits. This is to say nothing of the loss, through such neglect, of countless graces which we might have merited by a constant application...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 35. THE MOST PROFITABLE MEANS OF ACQUIRING VIRTUE

    06/20/2009 4:29:42 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 287+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE THE MOST PROFITABLE MEANS OF ACQUIRING VIRTUE, AND THE MANNER IN WHICH WE APPLY OURSELVES TO A PARTICULAR VIRTUE FOR A TIME TO THE PREVIOUS ADMONITIONS, I must add, that in order to attain solid piety, dauntless courage and a resolute will are absolutely indispensable where innumerable difficulties and contradictions are to be encountered. Also necessary is a particular fondness for the virtue, which arises from the frequent reflection that it pleases God, is admirable in itself, and is important to man. Furthermore, it is in virtue that all Christian perfection begins and ends. It will be most...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 34. VIRTUES ARE TO BE ACQUIRED ONE AT A TIME

    06/18/2009 1:22:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 352+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER THIRTY-FOUR VIRTUES ARE TO BE ACQUIRED ONE AT A TIME AND BY DEGREES ALTHOUGH A TRUE SERVANT of Jesus Christ, aspiring to the heights of perfection, should set no limits to his spiritual advancement, he should nevertheless exercise prudence as regards those excesses of fervor to which he is prone, and which at first seem feasible. For first fervor is apt to cool and may be entirely extinguished. It must be seen then, that besides the methods we have advocated with regard to exterior exercises, interior virtues too cannot be acquired but by degrees. For the foundations of a...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 33. SOME IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR THOSE ...

    06/13/2009 3:06:32 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 288+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE SOME IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO MORTIFY THEIR PASSIONS AND ATTAIN THE NECESSARY VIRTUES ALTHOUGH THE METHOD of subduing passions and acquiring the necessary virtues has already been treated at some length, there yet remains several instructions equal in importance to those already gIven. 1. If you desire to attain solid virtue and complete mastery over self, dividing the exercise of different virtues so as to assign particular virtues to particular days is to be avoided, resulting as it does in a state of perpetual vicissitude. The method that should be adopted seeks to root out...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 32. THE LAST ARTIFICE OF THE DEVIL...

    06/11/2009 2:43:17 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies · 355+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO THE LAST ARTIFICE OF THE DEVIL IN MAKING EVEN THE PRACTICE OF VIRTUE AN OCCASION OF SIN THE EVIL ONE even uses virtue to tempt us to sin, inflating our egos with exaggerated self-esteem and complacency to the point where we succumb to vainglory. Thus we must be ceaselessly vigilant, cognizant of our own nothingness, our sinfulness, our appalling inadequacy, and ever mindful that we deserve nothing but eternal perdition. Let this remembrance be to us as a sword with which we defend ourselves from the insidious attacks of presumption and vanity; and let us fight with the...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 31 ARTIFICES..TO MAKE US FORSAKE THE VIRTUOUS LIFE

    06/07/2009 1:27:04 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 296+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE CONCERNING THE ARTIFICES EMPLOYED BY THE DEVIL TO MAKE Us FORSAKE THE VIRTUOUS LIFE THE FOURTH ARTIFICE which the devil employs on those who are advancing in the way of perfection is to fill them with ill-timed resolutions which in different circumstances would be quite commendable, but in the existing condition only engender vicious habits. For example: a sick person bears his illness with such resignation that the enemy fears he will acquire habitual patience, and suggests to the victim the many creditable works he might do were he in a state of health. The victim is persuaded...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 30. CONCERNING THE DELUSIONS OF SOME

    06/06/2009 2:35:43 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies · 423+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER THIRTY CONCERNING THE DELUSIONS OF SOME WHO CONSIDER THEMSELVES ON THE WAY TO PERFECTION THE FRUSTRATION of the enemy in his first and second attacks will not discourage him from trying again to bring about your ruin. He would have you unconscious of your actual vices and passions, filling your imagination with visions of a chimerical perfection which he knows you will never attain. Because of this subtle deception, we receive frequent and dangerous setbacks without giving much thought to means of countering them. Secret pride has seized upon these fanciful desires, mistaking the dream for the reality, and...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 29. THE EFFORTS OF THE DEVIL TO PREVENT...CONVERSION

    06/04/2009 11:43:51 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies · 332+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE THE EFFORTS OF THE DEVIL TO PREVENT THE CONVERSION OF THOSE WHO, KNOWING THE DISEASED CHARACTER OF THEIR SOULS, DESIRE TO AMEND THEIR LIVES. THE REASON WHY THEIR GOOD INTENTIONS ARE FREQUENTLY INEFFECTUAL THOSE WHO ARE COGNIZANT of the diseased character of their souls and desire to cure them are often deluded by the devil. He endeavors to persuade them that they have a long time to live, and consequently may safely defer their conversion. He insinuates the impression that some business affair or difficulty must be cleared up before they can devote themselves sufficiently to the spiritual...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 27 & 28 THE METHODS USED BY THE DEVIL TO TEMPT AND SEDUCE

    06/04/2009 1:07:03 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies · 378+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN THE METHODS USED BY THE DEVIL TO TEMPT AND SEDUCE THOSE WHO DESIRE TO ACQUIRE VIRTUE, AND THOSE WHO ARE STILL THE PRISONERS OF VICE My BELOVED SON, never forget that the devil continually seeks your destruction. But his attacks against each soul are varied. Before introducing you to some of his stratagems, we shall consider different types of persons in different situations. <>There are some who are so overwhelmed by their sins that they never even consider the possibility of breaking their chains. Others want to free themselves from this slavery, but they do nothing to accomplish...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 26. WHAT WE ARE TO DO WHEN WOUNDED

    06/02/2009 7:53:20 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 271+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX WHAT WE ARE TO DO WHEN WOUNDED WHEN YOU REALIZE that you have been wounded by sin, whether through weakness or malice, do not lose your courage or become panic-stricken. Turn to God with a great and humble confidence saying: "See, O Master, what I am able to do. When I rely on my own strength, I commit nothing but sins." Meditating on this, recognize the extent of your humiliation and express to our Lord your sorrow for the offense committed. With an unperturbed heart, indict your vicious passions, especially the one that has occasioned your fall, and...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 25..ANYTHING THAT INTRUDES UPON HIS PEACE OF MIND

    06/01/2009 12:41:33 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies · 373+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE THE SOLDIER OF CHRIST, RESOLVED TO FIGHT AND CONQUER HIS ENEMIES, MUST AVOID, AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, ANYTHING THAT INTRUDES UPON HIS PEACE OF MIND OUR PEACE OF MIND when lost demands every possible exertion for its recovery. We actually never can lose it or cause it to be disturbed except through our own fault. We must be sorry for our sins. But this sorrow must be calm and moderate. Our compassion for sinners and sadness at their destruction must be free of vexation and trouble, as it springs from a purely charitable motive. The countless trials that...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 24. HOW TO GOVERN ONE'S SPEECH

    05/30/2009 2:26:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 317+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR HOW TO GOVERN ONE'S SPEECH WE MUST GIVE careful attention to our speech because of our tendency to speak on anything that is attractive to our senses. This inclination is rooted in a certain pride. We think that we know a great deal about things and, fond of our own conceptions, we do not hesitate to communicate them to others. We think the entire assembly should be attentive to us. One could not easily enumerate all the evil consequences arising from uncontrolled speech. In general, we may say that it occasions much loss of time; it is a...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 23. OTHER ADVANTAGEOUS USES OF THE SENSES

    05/29/2009 7:36:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 262+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE OTHER ADVANTAGEOUS USES OF THE SENSES IN DIFFERENT SITUATIONS IT HAS BEEN POINTED OUT how one's mind may be elevated from the things of earth to those of Heaven that it may contemplate the varied mysteries concerning Christ. I shall continue and point out other subjects of meditation that will serve to satisfy the devotion of persons of diverse tastes. This will not only prove useful to the beginner, but also to those who are more instructed and advanced in the spiritual life. All of these do not follow the same method in striving for perfection, nor are...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 22. HOW SENSIBLE THINGS MAY AID US TO MEDITATE

    05/28/2009 2:35:22 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 280+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    HOW SENSIBLE THINGS MAY AID US TO MEDITATE ON THE PASSION AND DEATH OF OUR SAVIOR IT HAS BEEN SHOWN how we may rise from the consideration of sensible things to the contemplation of the greatness of God. Now we must learn how to relate these things to the memory of the sacred mysteries of Our Lord's life and death. Everything in the world can be related to this end. Consider just the fact, as we have already suggested, that God is the First Cause of all things, that He has given to every creature, even the most exalted, its...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 21. THE PROPER USE OF OUR SENSES. HOW THEY MAY HELP US

    05/27/2009 8:35:05 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 269+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE: THE PROPER USE OF OUR SENSES. HOW THEY MAY HELP US TO CONTEMPLATE DIVINE THINGS ONE MUST GIVE great care and constant application to the correct regulation of his senses. The sensitive appetite, the source of all actions of our weakened nature, has an unquenchable thirst for pleasure. Since it cannot satisfy itself, it uses the senses to attract their proper objects and then transmits these images to the mind. Sensual pleasures, consequently, by reason of the union which subsists between body and soul, spread themselves through all the senses capable of pleasure and then seize, like a...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 20. HOW TO COMBAT SLOTH

    05/26/2009 7:58:44 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies · 595+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER TWENTY: HOW TO COMBAT SLOTH IT IS OF THE GREATEST importance to make war against sloth. This vice is not only an obstacle on our way to perfection, but it delivers us over to the enemies of our salvation. If you desire to fight this vice in earnest, begin by avoiding all curiosity and vain amusements. Withdraw your affections from worldly things and stop all pursuits that are not in harmony with your state of life.Strive assiduously to comply with the inspirations of Heaven, to execute the orders of your superiors, to do everything at the proper time and...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 19. HOW WE ARE TO FIGHT AGAINST IMPURITY

    05/25/2009 7:57:47 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 343+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER NINETEEN: HOW WE ARE TO FIGHT AGAINST IMPURITY IN ENCOUNTERING THIS VICE we must use special tactics and greater resolution. In order to do this we must distinguish three phases of the operation------the first, which precedes the temptation------the second, during the temptation------the third, which follows the temptation.1. Before the time of temptation we must avoid all persons and occasions that would expose us to sin. If it is necessary that we speak to such people, do it as speedily as possible; speak only on serious subjects with corresponding modesty and gravity. We must not permit the conversation to become...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 18. HOW TO CURB THE SUDDEN IMPULSES OF YOUR PASSIONS

    05/24/2009 1:12:53 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies · 535+ views
    Catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: HOW TO CURB THE SUDDEN IMPULSES OF YOUR PASSIONS IF YOU ARE NOT able as yet to bear patiently the injuries, insults, and other disturbances of this life, you must harden yourself for this task by foresight and by preparing for their reception. Having discovered the nature of the passion from which you suffer the most, you must consider what kind of persons you have to deal with, what places you are wont to visit. From this data, you can discover just what disturbances are likely to occur.However, if any unforeseen accident should happen, although it is a...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 17. THE METHOD OF FIGHTING YOUR PASSIONS AND VICES

    05/22/2009 9:36:38 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies · 344+ views
    catholictradition.org ^ | 1938 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: THE METHOD OF FIGHTING YOUR PASSIONS AND VICES IT IS VERY IMPORTANT to know the procedure that must be followed in fighting your passions and vices so that you will not run about blindly, and merely beat the air, as so many do. They lose all the fruits of their labor.You must begin with recollection in order to know what thoughts and desires usually occupy your mind. You must know your dominant passion which must be singled out as your greatest enemy, the first to be attacked.But, if your enemy, as a diverting movement, should attack at another...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Spiritual Combat: Ch 16. THE SOLDIER OF CHRIST MUST PREPARE EARLY

    05/21/2009 9:12:01 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 327+ views
    catholictradition.org ^ | 1589 | Dom Lorenzo Scupoli
    CHAPTER SIXTEEN: THE SOLDIER OF CHRIST MUST PREPARE EARLY FOR THE BATTLE THE FIRST THING to do when you awake is to open the windows of your soul. Consider yourself as on the field of battle, facing the enemy and bound by the iron-clad law------either fight or die.Imagine the enemy before you, that particular vice or disorderly passion that you are trying to conquer------imagine this hideous opponent is about to overwhelm you. At the same time, picture at your right Jesus Christ, your Invincible Leader, accompanied by the Blessed Virgin, St. Joseph, whole companies of Angels and Saints, and particularly...