Spiritual Combat

“Bear patiently the wrath of God which comes upon you in punishment for your sins.” –Baruch 4:25

“The patience of the poor shall not perish, or be deprived of its reward.” Psalms 9:19

“The patient man is better then the valiant; and he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh cities.” –Proverbs 16:32

“By your patience you will win your souls.” –Luke 21:19

“With patience run to the fight set before us.” –Hebrews 12:1

These or similar aspirations may be used: “O my God, when shall I be armed with patience as a shield against the weapons of my enemy! When shall I so love Thee as to receive with joy all the afflictions Thou shalt be pleased to send? O life of my soul, shall I never begin to live for Thy glory alone, perfectly resigned to all sufferings? O how happy should I be, if in the fiery triad of tribulation. I burn with a desire of being for Thy service.”  —Dom Lorenzo Scupoli ‘The Spiritual Combat’


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