None shall be crowned who has not fought well.
------- 2 Tim. 2: 5
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of the same title by DOM LORENZO SCUPOLI
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ONE OF THE REQUISITES in the spiritual combat is perseverance
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
and are consecrated to our destruction. The more we would make friends
of them, the more they would make derelicts of us.
But be not daunted by their strength or number, for in this
alone is conquered who voluntarily surrenders, and the entire power of
our enemies is in the hands of that captain under whose banner we
fight. And not only will He preserve us from treachery, but He will be
our champion. He who is infinitely superior to all the foe will crown
you with conquest provided that you, as a warrior, rely not on your own
finite powers, but on His almighty power and infinite goodness.