How to Fight

November 28, 2012 by irbi2076

Linked from (by Brother André Marie)

Some Catholics are of the erroneous opinion that the Christian life does not entail fighting (even spiritually), and that all fighting of whatever sort is harmful. Others become consumed by the idea of combat and make it the whole, or nearly so, of their interior life. This, too, is an error.

Which error is worse is an academic question that does not interest me here.

To the former, I say that this quietistic tendency is condemned outright in scripture. Holy Job tells us “The life of man upon earth is a warfare” (Job 7:1). And to the spiritual pacifist, Saint Paul is positively truculent: “This precept I commend to thee, O son Timothy; according to the prophecies going before on thee, that thou war in them a good warfare” (1 Timothy 1:18). “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty to God unto the pulling down of fortifications, destroying counsels” (2 Corinthians 10:3-4). “Let us run by patience to the fight proposed to us” (Heb. 12:1). “Fight the good fight of faith: lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art called, and hast confessed a good confession before many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:12). “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).

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