We’re always victorious as long as we’re willing to fight

December 18, 2007 | 3 comments

I’m so inspired by some of the comments I’ve received recently in which others have talked about how they too are working toward spiritual growth, often in the same areas as I am. It’s humbling and refreshing to hear of so many other people out there trying to fight the good fight.

I came across something inspiring the other day, once again from Introduction to the Devout Life, that I thought I’d share in case anyone else out there ever feels discouraged (as I do sometimes). Every time I’ve felt like it’s hopeless, like I fail too often and see too few improvements, I think of these words that the great Doctor of the Church writes in the first part of the Introduction:

The work of purging the soul neither can nor should end except with our life itself. We must not be disturbed at our imperfections, since for us perfection consists in fighting against them. How can we fight against them unless we see them, or overcome them unless we face them?…To practice humility it is absolutely necessary for us at times to suffer wounds in this spiritual warfare, but we are never vanquished unless we lose our life or our courage.

[I]t only remains for us not to lose courage. Save me, O Lord, from cowardice and discouragement, David says. Fortunately for us, in this war we are always victorious provided that we are willing to fight.

I’ve thought of this often in the past week, and hope that others find it inspiring as well.


  1. Melanie B

    Good words to remember. Thanks for sharing them. That’s what I sometimes find the hardest: courageously picking myself up off the floor to go another round.

  2. Jenny

    I just want to thank you for the things you have given me to think about over the last weeks. I, too, struggle with many of the things you have so eloquently put into words.
    Peace, Jenny

  3. Kate

    Thank You, Jennifer! Your posts have been really great for me, and today’s was perfect! I really do have to get around to reading that book… Keep up the good work and God Bless!

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