The Spiritual Combat: Together with the Path of Paradise, or, Of Inward Peace
Suttaby and Co. 1884
This classic work of Catholic piety offers practical reflections for waging spiritual warfare and securing inner peace. “The earnestness of the religious revival in the south of Europe in the sixteenth century, which was commenced soon after the great schism in the Church, is well illustrated by this marvelous work of Lorenzo Scupoli . . . After many years of the active duties of his calling, during which he had won a great name as a preacher in most of the large towns in Italy, he retired into strict seclusion, in which he remained for 25 years, until his death . . . The fruit of this seclusion was The Spiritual Combat . . . In the Pilgrim’s Progress, the Christian is represented as a traveler to the heavenly kingdom, beset by dangers and snares; in the Spiritual Combat, he is shown throughout as a soldier putting on the armor or righteousness and fighting with the great weapons of faith and endurance against all the powers of spiritual evil. This book is, in fact, a manual of exercises for the soldiers of Christ” (from the introduction).
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- An example of enduring Catholic piety
- English translation from the original Italian
Praise for the Print Edition
Scupoli’s book was the outcome, not only of much experience as a spiritual director, but of a very severe personal affliction. It is helpful, accordingly, to those who feel more acutely than others the cruel and insidious onslaught of the adversary.
—Church Quarterly Review
- Title: The Spiritual Combat: Together with the Path of Paradise, or, Of Inward Peace
- Author: Lorenzo Scupoli
- Publisher: Suttaby and Co.
- Publication Date: 1884
- Pages: 251
About Lorenzo Scupoli
Lorenzo Scupoli (c. 1530–1610) was a member of the Theatines, a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church founded by Giovanni Pietro Carafa (later Pope Paul IV). Through many years in the active duties of his calling, he won a reputation as a great preacher in most of the large towns in Italy. He was later accused of breaking orders and deprived of his priestly office which drove him into seclusion. It was not until a few years before the end of his life that he was exonerated. The profound personal suffering, which he endured with humility and patience developed him into an abiding voice of Catholic spirituality who many continue to seek for guidance.