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Product Details

  • Series: Tan Classics
  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895551527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895551528
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dom Lorenzo Scupoli was born in Otranto, Italy in 1530 and died in Naples in 1610. Nothing is known about his early life. At about the age of 40, he entered the Theatines and made his novitiate under St. Andrew Avellino. He was ordained in 1577. It is said that he met St. Francis de Sales in Padua between 1589 and 1591 and gave him a copy of The Spiritual Combat. For some reason that has never been revealed, he was laicized in 1585 and lived in retirement in Theatine houses until his death. Some sources say that his name was cleared at the end of his life, though he offered no defense of himself. The first edition of The Spiritual Combat bearing Scupoli's name was published in the year of his death 1610.

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It gives material which has depth and conducive to thought.
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St. Francis de Sales called it "the golden book" and "the favorite, the dear book."
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He said it is the most spiritually insightful book he has ever read.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stephen J. Chow on October 11, 2010
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This was one of the first passages that touched me upon delving into this book. "A" is the translation from this 2010 TAN edition, and "B" is the same passage from an 1884 edition, the style of which is so beautiful that I immediately want to commit everything I can to memory.

A. "Today you must fight to conquer your enemy and anyone who tries to ruin you. Be courageous. Do not be afraid or cowardly. Christ your Captain is here with all the power of Heaven to protect you from the enemy, and to see that they never conquer you, either by brute power, or by trickery. Hold your ground! Do violence to yourself, no matter how painful it is. Call out for the help of Jesus and Mary and all the Saints. If you do this, you will be victorious.

It does not matter how weak you are--how strong the enemy may seem, either in number or in power. Do not be discouraged. The help you have from Heaven is more powerful than all that Hell can send to destroy the grace of God in your soul. God, the Creator and the Redeemer, is Almighty and more desirous of your salvation than the devil can be of your destruction. Fight courageously, then, and do not neglect to mortify yourself. Continual war on your inordinate inclinations and vicious habits will gain the victory, acquire the kingdom of Heaven, and unite your soul to God forever."

B. "Thou art to fight this day against this and other enemies. Let not thy heart sink, nor thy spirit faint; yield not, either from fear or from any other cause; for our Lord, thy Captain, stands beside thee, with all His glorious hosts, and will fight for thee against all thine enemies, and will not suffer their forces to prevail against thee, or to overpower thee. Only stand firm, do violence to thyself, and bear the pain which such discipline will cause thee.
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The back cover of the first revised (Paulist Press) paperback edition (out of print for some time now) prepared by William Lester and Robert Mohan read as follows:
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The Spiritual Combat (which first appeared in Venice in 1589) is known as one of the greatest classics in Catholic Spirituality. Though there is some doubt as to its real author most scholars consider it to have been written by the Italian Theatine, Lawrence Scupoli.

St. Francis de Sales called it "the golden book" and "the favorite, the dear book." The great spiritual master carried a copy of it with him for eighteen years and read from it every day.

The purpose of the book is to lead the seeker to the summit of spiritual perfection. It is a practical book which takes its title from its description of the interior life as a struggle against those destructive inclinations which hinder the seeker from abandonment to the love of God.
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If you read St. Francis de Sales' Introduction to the Devout Life after you have read this, you kind of get a real sense of where he developed his spirituality. I found a great deal of similarities and it well-known, as stated above that he carried this with him for decades and was his daily reading.

In the introduction to the 1903 translation of the spiritual classic Humility of Heart, we find this advice by its translator Herbert Cardinal Vaughn:
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There is a great advantage in using such a book as this for two or three years consecutively as a meditation book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luzviminda Cruda on May 4, 2014
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I encounter this book (a pocket book size printing) at the retreat center in Alhambra (Carmelite sisters). Our retreat master (priest) saw me holding this book, and he ask me if I'm reading the book & if I liked it, I said yes, and he told me to try my best to finish reading the book & it will help me to know myself better (he said a widely read book in their priestly vocation). And he is definitely right.......... THE BEST........ HELPS A LOT IN MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY. Since I bought my own copy, until now I'm still reading it (over & over) & I even took pictures of some of the pages & store it in my iPhone, as a reminder to myself. I think, I already bought 6 copies of this & gave as a gift to some of my friends. And will buy more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Servant of Jesus Christ on June 21, 2012
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this is a MUST READ.MUST MUST READ!! IT IS TRULY GOING TO BE YOUR SPIRITUAL ADVISOR IN MANY MANY DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF LIFE!!!!
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There is no hiding from the truth about fallen nature or its effects on us, and the difficulty of growing out of its hold here. Bluntly honest, it is easy to see why Francis de Sales carried it always with him. I've begun to do the same. It is easy to read, aligns with Church teaching, and boldly warns of the difficulty of growing spiritually...then gives step by step advice on how to tackle ourselves.
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An odd yet quite appropriate title for a summation of life, its problems, its solutions and descriptions of the ways to handle life...of course with God at one's side.
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By Rusty Johnson on March 31, 2014
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Great book,must have for any Catholic Book collection.A book you will
Come back to over and over through the years.
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