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I like to think every Catholic at some point have thought how wonderful it would be to become a Saint. Most of those thoughts are usually selfish but still, God uses all kinds of ways to show the beauty of Holiness to those who haven’t yet begun while the devil does all he can to make a life of sin as pleasant and the holy life as detestable and depressing as possible. The sad reality is: the man who lives an unexamined life end up depressed and the really holy man ends up becoming the most joyful and peaceful.

Distrust in Self

The problem however is that many people don’t know where to begin combating the world and the devil. So many people depend so much on their own wisdom while many end up being so unsure of everything including their own faith. However, in his book “The Spiritual Combabat” Fr. Lorenzo Scupoli, who is himself a master of spirituality gives these two advices as where to begin the fight:

So necessary is self-distrust in this conict, that without it you will be unable, I say not to achieve the victory desired, but even to overcome the very least of your passions. And let this be well impressed upon your mind; for our corrupt nature too easily inclines us to a false estimate of ourselves; so that, being really nothing, we account ourselves to be something, and presume, without the slightest foundation, upon our own strength.


This is a fault not easily discerned by us, but very displeasing in the sight of God. For He desires and loves to see in us a frank and true recognition of this most certain truth, that all the virtue and grace which is within us is derived from Him alone, Who is the fountain of all good, and that nothing good can proceed from us, no, not even a thought which can find acceptance in His sight.

So necessary is self-distrust in this conflict, that without it you will be unable, I say not to achieve the victory desired, but even to overcome the very least of your passions. And let this be well impressed upon your mind; for our corrupt nature too easily inclines us to a false estimate of ourselves; so that, being really nothing, we account ourselves to be something, and presume, without the slightest foundation, upon our own strength.

This self-knowledge is clearly needful to all who desire to be united to the Supreme Light and Uncreated Truth; and the Divine Clemency often makes use of the fall of proud and presumptuous men to lead to It; justly suffering them to fall into some faults which they trusted to avoid by their own strength, that they may learn to know and absolutely distrust themselves.

This self-knowledge is clearly needful to all who desire to be united to the Supreme Light and Uncreated Truth; and the Divine Clemency often makes use of the fall of proud and presumptuous men to lead to It; justly suering them to fall into some faults which they trusted to avoid by their own strength, that they may learn to know and absolutely distrust themselves.

Trust in God

Self-distrust, necessary as we have shown it to be in this conflict, is not alone sufficient. Unless we would be put to flight, or remain helpless and vanquished in the hands of our enemies, we must add to it perfect trust in God, and expect from Him alone succor and victory. For as we, who are nothing, can look for nothing from ourselves but falls, and therefore should utterly distrust ourselves; so from our Lord may we assuredly expect complete victory in every conflict. To obtain His help, let us therefore arm ourselves with a lively confidence in Him.

By gazing with the eye of faith at the infinite wisdom and omnipotence of God, to which nothing is impossible or difficult, and confiding in His unbounded goodness and unspeakable willingness to give, hour-by-hour and moment-by-moment, all things needful for the spiritual life, and perfect victory over ourselves, if we will but throw ourselves with confidence into His Arms.

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  • aiello01 says:

    Paul describes the reason why we should unconditionally trust in God in Romans 7:14 thru 8:2. It is because we are subject to the law of sin which is our human weakness. I found that casting all of my care on the Lord and being anxious for nothing was the best and easiest way to arrive at inner peace and strength (see 1Peter 5:5-7 and Philippians 4:6-7).

  • aiello01 says:

    Paul describes the reason why we should unconditionally trust in God in Romans 7:14 thru 8:2. It is because we are subject to the law of sin which is our human weakness. I found that casting all of my care on the Lord and being anxious for nothing was the best and easiest way to arrive at inner peace and strength (see 1Peter 5:5-7 and Philippians 4:6-7).

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