Don Lorenzo Scupoli

Don Lorenzo Scupoli (1530 – 1610) was an Italian priest and spiritual writer who wrote a book entitled The Spiritual Combat, one of the most important works of Catholic spirituality. It is published by TAN Books.


Four Means of Distrusting Oneself

DISTRUST of self is so absolutely requisite in the spiritual combat that without this virtue we cannot expect to defeat our weakest passions, much less gain a complete victory. This important truth should be deeply embedded in our hearts; for, although in ourselves we are nothing, we are too apt to overestimate our own abilities…


Christian Perfection and External Works

CHRISTIAN soul! If you seek to reach the loftiest peak of perfection, and to unite yourself so intimately with God that you become one in spirit with Him, you must first know the true nature and perfection of spirituality in order to succeed in the most sublime undertaking that can be expressed or imagined. Some,…


How We Are to Fight Against Impurity

In encountering this vice we must use special tactics and greater resolution.  In order to do this we must distinguish three phases of the operation – the first, which precedes the temptation – the second, during the temptation – the third, which follows the temptation. First:  Before the time of temptation we must avoid all…