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“MY KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD” – THE PRACTICE OF DAILY SPIRITUAL COMBAT FOR CHRISTIANS OF TODAY

30 Dec

The life of man is spiritual warfare in this world. He, like a soldier, does not have a fixed home, but a provisional one and must go where the will of God calls him. Your first combat must be that undertaken for the defence of the Christian faith. You will often find yourself among people who do not believe or who are so weak in the faith that they give way at the smallest obstacle, often at the ridicule of fools.

I AM DEAD TO THE WORLD AND THE WORLD IS DEAD TO ME

You must counter, manifesting your unlimited submission to the wisdom of God, who is the supreme and only Truth, esteeming and appreciating it above all human theories. If you allow yourself to be carried away or vacillate when some puny scientist of the earth contradicts the eternal Truth, you are not a soldier of Jesus Christ; you are guilty of desertion. THE FAITH IS THE GREATEST SCIENCE; it is not blind or traditional assent to things incomprehensible, but it is the superior revelation of the highest truths which you admit because God has revealed them to you, God who deserves more faith than any scientist on earth.

HAVE COURAGE INSTEAD OF HOWLING WITH THE WOLVES

Therefore you must affirm your faith against all of the snares and contrary affirmations of pathetic earthly wisdom, apostatized from God. Affirming your faith, you must of necessity show yourself a child of the Catholic Church which possesses the sacred deposit of revealed truth…You must fight against distrust and show that you trust in God and adore His dispositions, conforming yourself to His divine will. One is not worthy of God who is excessively preoccupied with earthly things,
who despairs, who puts his faith back in men, forgetting God.

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

You must fight against the delusions of the world and show yourself a Christian in life; you will never follow what is opposed to the will of God; you will not follow the customs and fashions of the world, even at the cost of being mocked, even at the cost of suffering and martyrdom…the weapon of your spiritual combat [is] prayer [fasting, almsgiving]. Pray because you must fight not only to destroy evil, but also to spread the good; pray because in order to fight you must first conquer yourself and live totally united to God.

MY GOD, MY GREATEST GOOD

As a Christian, you must nourish your soul with the sacraments, you must enlighten it with knowledge of and meditation of the eternal truths, you must enliven it with constant union with God, fleeing from sin as from death itself, and humbling yourself in His presence.

– Don Dolindo Ruotolo

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