Salvation and spiritual perfection should not be sought haphazardly; a strategy is needed to win the battle for our souls.
The Spiritual Combat, first published in 1589, provides timeless guidance in spiritual discipline. St. Francis de Sales (1576–1622) read from it himself every day and recommended it to everyone under his direction.
Vigorous, realistic, and full of keen insight into human nature, The Spiritual Combat consists of short chapters based on the maxim that in the spiritual life one must either "fight or die." Fr. Lorenzo Scupoli shows the Christian how to combat his passions and vices, especially impurity and sloth, in order to arrive at victory.
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Would really like to find a pocket size one to carry around. Is there any chance there are some
Excellent. Very clear and concise.
Excellent. Very clear and concise. An all time classic
The Spiritual Combat and a Treatise on Peace of Soul
Excellent reading for meditation as you grow in your spiritual life.
Amazing Book for Spiritual Guidance
What is there to say about this book that hasn;t been said? It's simply amazing, with wisdom brimming from every page. Although it is old, it is written in an accessible way for those who are not avid readers. The author had a very clear grasp on human nature, virtue, and vice. Each chapter is short (about a page or two per chapter) yet says so much about each topic in the book. If you are looking to grow in virtue at all, get over any vice, or just become a better Catholic, this book is essential and will not steer you wrong. A little bit of knowledge about Catholic theology will go a long way in really pulling all the material presented together, yet again it is not so much that the average man will be alienated by the topics presented, and if you want to refresh those basics on Catholic theology before reading you can easily brush up on these topics by watching Fr. Ripperger;s videos on YouTube before reading (or of course opening a copy of any of St. Thomas Aquinas; works, especially the Summa Theologica). However, the above point should not deter any person from reading this book, that point is only made for the person who wants to absolutely get the most they can out of this book, it is still very easily understandable and priceless wisdom for any person.
This is one of the best spiritual books I have ever read. I bought copies to give to Priests and Deacons I know. If you are serious about living your faith, I highly recommend!