Spiritual Warfare…Fight Like a Knight

Spiritual Warfare…Fight Like a Knight

 

 

In Notebook VI of Divine Mercy In My Soul, the Lord instructs St Faustina to undertake a three day retreat in the days preceding Pentecost and that He Himself will conduct the retreat. He tells her,

 

You shall not follow any of the rules required for retreats or use any books for meditation .

Your task is to listen attentively to my words.

For spiritual reading you shall read one chapter from the Gospel of John.

—1709

 

On the first day, after her second meditation, the Lord gives her a Conference on Spiritual Warfare“, which I found particularly interesting and helpful;

 

“My daughter, I want to teach you about spiritual warfare. Never trust in yourself, but abandon yourself totally to My will.

In desolation, darkness and various doubts, have recourse to Me and your spiritual director. He will always answer you in my name.

 

Do not bargain with any temptation; lock yourself immediately in My Heart and,

at the first opportunity reveal the temptation to the confessor. 

Put your self-love in the last place, so that it doesn’t taint your deeds.

 

Bear with yourself with great patience. Do not neglect interior mortifications. 

Always justify to yourself the opinion of your superiors and of your confessor.

Shun murmurers like a plague. 

 

Let all act as they like;

you are to act as I want you too. 

Observe the rule as faithfully as you can. If someone causes you trouble, think what good you can do for that person who caused you to suffer.

 

Do not pour out your feelings. be silent when you are rebuked. 

Do not ask everyone’s opinion, but only the opinion of your confessor;

be as frank and simple as a child with him. 

 

Do not become discouraged by ingratitude.

Do not examine with curiosity the roads down which I lead you. 

When boredom and discouragement beat against your heart, run away from yourself and hide in My heart.

 

Do not fear struggle;

courage itself often intimidates temptations, and they dare not attack us. 

Always fight with the deep conviction that I am with you. Do not be guided by feeling, because  it is not always under your control; but all merit lies in the will. 

 

Always depend upon your superiors, even in the smallest things.

I do not delude you with prospects of peace and consolations;

on the contrary prepare for great battles.

 

Know that you are on a great stage where all Heaven and earth are watching you.

Fight like a knight, so that I can reward you.

Do not be unduly fearful, because you are not alone.”

—1760

 

The rest of the retreat He gives Faustina is just as amazing and beautiful.

 

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.

And You shall renew the face of the earth. 

 

 

+PAX

 

 

4 Comments

  1. Nancy
    May 17, 2013

    I have felt this whole post in the core of my spirit. ‘Know that you are on a great stage where all Heaven and earth are watching you.’ What a perspective this can give to our lives… because it’s the truth. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Caroline
      May 17, 2013

      Nancy, That’s exactly how I felt when I read it. For the past several months, I’ve been asking, pleading, with the Lord to give me the tools I need for the days we live in..And He has been faithful to answer through His Word and the saints. Sometimes in the quiet of the night one of the passages will rise in my heart and I just pass it on..
      Blessings always and +

  2. Theresa
    May 18, 2013

    Thank you for sharing this…it was soooo good to read…what practical holy advice that is applicable to all of us. I have to go back over this one again.

    May you be filled with the Spirit this Pentecost.

    • Caroline
      May 18, 2013

      Theresa, Isn’t it amazing how we can read the works and diaries of the saints and feel as if they were writing for us today? Yes, I’ve gone over this several times and the rest of the retreat the Lord gave her as well.
      Prayers for a Blessed Pentecost…May you too be filled. +

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