None shall be crowned who has not fought well.
------- 2 Tim. 2: 5
Taken from the
of the same title by DOM LORENZO SCUPOLI
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CONCERNING THE VARIOUS ILLUSIONS EMPLOYED
BY THE DEVIL AT THE HOUR OF OUR DEATH
IF OUR PERSISTENT FOE, who never ceases to persecute us,
assail us disguised as an angel of light, stand firm and steadfast even
though cognizant of your own nothingness, and say to him boldly:
"Return, miserable one into your realms of darkness; for I am unworthy
of visions, nor do I need anything but the mercy of my Saviour, and the
prayers of Mary, Joseph and all the Saints."
And though these visions seem to bear many evidences of having
born in Heaven, still reject them as far as it is within your power to
do so. And have no fear that this resistance, founded as it is on your
own worthiness, will be displeasing to God. For if the vision be from
Him, He has the power to make the same known to you, and you will
suffer no detriment; for He Who gives grace to the humble does not
withdraw it because of acts which spring from humility.
These, then, are the weapons which the enemy most commonly
against us at the hour of our death. Each individual is tempted
according to the particular inclination to which he is most subject.
Therefore, before the zero hour of the great conflict, we should arm
ourselves securely, and struggle manfully against our most violent
passions, that the victory may be easier in that hour which leaves no
future time for preparation or resistance.
1 Kings 15:18.