The Spiritual Combat

The Spiritual Combat Verified

By Dom Lorenzo Scupoli

Subjective rating:

Highly recommended by St. Francis de Sales who read bits of it every day for almost 20 years, this book uncovers many finer points and subtle dangers of the spiritual life. With a specialty on conquering your vices, it gives five distinct methods. Quite structured.

Which edition should I get?

The vast majority of copies of Spiritual Combat in English were translated and printed by Anglicans. In my hunt for this book, which took several weeks, I finally found two that were printed by Catholic publishers, the Dornin and Haydock editions below. If memory serves, one of them was a Catholic publisher in the USA, and the other was an underground Catholic publisher in England at a time when the printing of Catholic books was banned.

But history aside, these two editions seem to be almost identical, and the few differences I have found are trivial. I’m pretty sure they’re both fine. Feel free to just pick one at random. If you do figure out any more details on the differences, please leave a comment on this page. Thanks!

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The Spiritual Combat (Dornin edition)
The Spiritual Combat (Haydock edition)

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Why is this book free?

This book is in the public domain. The copyright it had when printed is no longer in effect.