Taken from the book of the same title by DOM LORENZO SCUPOLI The Spiritual Combat is known as one of the greatest classics in ascetic theology, along. The Spiritual Combat. Dom Lorenzo Scupoli. Translated by. William Lester and Robert Paul Mohan. by Newman Bookshop, New York, US. This work is. Spiritual. Spiritual Combat. By Dom Lorenzo Scupoli . Gagliardi, but most critics however consider Fr. Lawrence Scupoli as the author of this famous treatise.

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The Spiritual Combat by Lorenzo Scupoli. Catholic Way Publishing Editor. Robert Paul Mohan Translator. A Paperback Edition is available: At first it teaches that the sense of life is incessant fighting against egoistic l The Spiritual Combat by Dom Lorenzo Scupoli Illustrated: At first it teaches that the sense of life is incessant fighting against egoistic longings and replacing them with sacrifice and charity.

The one who does not do this loses, and suffers in Hell; the one who does it, trusting not in his own, but God’s power, triumphs and is happy in Heaven. The work of Scupoli analyses various usual situations and advises how to cope with them, preserving a pure conscience and improving virtue. It emphasizes also the boundless goodness of God, which is the cause of all good. What is bad originates from the human who rebels against God.

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To ask other readers questions about The Spiritual Combatplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Oct 01, Walter rated it it was amazing Shelves: Early in his life, St. Francis de Sales was given a copy scuplli this book, and for the next 20 years St.

Francis kept a copy on him constantly, reading small passages on a daily basis. This book was his spiritual handbook, and with an endorsement like that, who can argue that this book is a classic? This book is a how-to manual on how to grow on the road to holiness.

Just spirutual a soldier carries a book of tactics which shows him how to engage the enemy in any given circumstance, so this book gives the Catholic practical advice about how to pray, how to practice the virtues, and how to avoid evil in one’s life. Even though this book was written by an abbot for monks, it is very applicable to the lives of lay people as well. And even though it was written years ago, it’s relevance today is still amazing. Scupoli pulls no punches in this book. He reminds the Christian that nobody should be surprised when he finds himself in sin.


Everyone sins, and without the Grace of Christ we are powerless to resist it. The important thing is not to rely on our own good works or virtues, rather it is to supoli on God with the same vigor that a baby relies on its parents for its basic needs. I would highly recommend that all Christians read this book as frequently as possible. When you read it, do as St.

Frances de Sales did, in small chunks with lots of meditation on each reading. Let the words sink in, and practice its good counsels as often as you can. In doing this, even the greatest sinner can reach the heights of sanctity. Mar 21, Dianne rated it it was amazing Shelves: Excellent book for spiritual growth.

Most chapters are very short, but packed with great snippets. My sister and I did this as a weekly tye study, reading and reflecting on one or more chapters at a time. Highly recommend for advancing spiritual life. The Spiritual Combat apparently spirituzl 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. Scupoli’s book is a gem for those who are at that stage in their spiritual lives.

A wonderfully thorough, practical guide to the spiritual life, focusing primarily on orienting oneself towards God and the cultivation of virtue and the avoidance of vice th, and on understanding the tactics of the enemy to make us fall.

John Cassian, the spiritual insights of Llrenzo. Augustine, and the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas—creating a rich synthesis that is digestible and approachable. This boo A wonderfully thorough, practical guide to the spiritual life, focusing primarily on orienting oneself towards God and the cultivation of virtue and the avoidance of viceand on understanding the tactics of the enemy to make us fall.

This book was read every day by St. Francis de Sales and was a major influence lrenzo his spiritual development.

It was also much prized by Blessed John Henry Newman who said that the book bears reading “again and again. I’m not sure how it reads in Italian, but Scupoli as he is often rendered into English has a lot of long, winding sentences with lots of prepositional and parenthetical phrases that can sometimes make his meaning hard spirituak follow.

I compared most of the available translations in English and concluded that TAN did an admirable job of being faithful while also breaking up some of these sentences and phrases in a manner that makes for much better reading. Oct 05, Adam rated it it was amazing Spjritual Great book about progressing in the spiritual life.

Two main points from the book are distrusting in self and only trusting in God and doing everything with the simple intention of pleasing God. There is a big focus on our own sinfulness and weakness and the necessity of turning to God and relying on Him alone. I plan to re-read this again in the future. Feb 08, Lisa rated it it was amazing. Jan 26, Becca McNally rated it cpmbat was amazing.


The Spiritual Combat

An excellent guide for spiritual growth! Beautiful, profound, intense, but not harsh. So excellent, that St Francis de Sales kept this book on his person at all times and read from it daily.

Just like Introduction to the Devout Life, this book should most certainly be read yearly, at a minimum. Feb 14, Pam rated it really liked it. Great book aimed at fighting the vices in ones life! It did me, the reader. They can be an occasion for the devil to lead us astray, to self-love, vanity and false virtue. Spiritual life consists rather in a sense of our weakness, loving God and hating ourselves, renouncing our own will with only the purpose tthe pleasing and loving Him and doing all that He should be loved and served by all.

Nov cokbat, Maryann Masci rated it really liked it. Spiritual Combat I really wanted to give this a rating of 3 at first bc I found at times this was difficult to understand.

But it was also very mind boggling also and thought provoking. Muy explicativo, para mi fue sorprendente. Apr 11, Ryan rated it it was amazing. This work is spirityal known that Thomas a Kempis’ Imitation of Christ, but in my eyes it is its equal in terms of quality, and perhaps its slight superior in terms spirltual applicability for scupo,i non-monastic Christians. The guidance here is clear, concrete, useful, and powerful. I see why Francis de Sales carried this with him everywhere.

Truly incredible spiritual wisdom and riches.

Jan 11, Kevin rated lorehzo really liked it. Deep but full of nuggets Dom Scupoli’s style scupoil clearly of his time, so difficult to access in ours, but there are clearly some spiritual truths and definitely some sound advice buried herein.

This work is a must-read as a classic in Christian spiritual literature, and you certainly won’t walk away from it having learned nothing. Jan 25, Z rated it it was amazing Shelves: I will never stop reading this book. It is said St. Francis de Sales kept this book in his pocket lorenzzo like fifteen or twenty years or something, and I can understand why.

I have dog-eared, underlined, written notes, and prayed with this book ever since coming into full communion with the Catholic church.

This book is essential Catholic reading for life! Me resulta muy enriquecedor cada que vuelvo a repasarlo con mis notas.

Siempre observo sscupoli diferente y releerlo siempre me ayuda. Very good Very inspiring, informative and educational. It is very much useful for spiritual direction and spiritual growth.