Be At War With Yourself

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What God expects of us, above all else, is a serious application to conquering our passions…[in order to obtain Christian perfection] you must resolve on a perpetual war with yourself…begin by providing yourself with four weapons, without which it is impossible to gain the victory in this spiritual combat.  These four things are: distrust of one's self; confidence in God; proper use of the faculties of body and mind; and the duty of prayer.

Dom Lorenzo Scupoli