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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THERE ARE FOUR principal assaults to which the enemy is likely
resort when we are at the threshold of death. They are temptations
against faith and to despair, thoughts of vainglory, and finally,
various illusions employed by the children of darkness, who are
disguised as angels of light.
As to the first assault, depend rather on the will than on the
understanding, saying: "Get thee behind me, Satan, father of lies, for
I will not even hear thee; it is enough for me to believe as the Holy
Catholic Church believes."
Similarly, be sedulously watchful against any thoughts which
appear to be conducive to the strengthening of your faith; reject them
instantly as suggestions of the devil, who seeks desperately to lure
you into dispute. If, however, you find it impossible to turn your
thoughts resolutely from such matters, at least be adamant in your
refusal to listen to Scriptural quotations the adversary may glibly
present; for although they are apparently clear and precise, they will
be invariably garbled, misinterpreted, or incorrectly applied.