Spiritual Warfare

Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from His mighty power. 

Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. 

Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all (the) flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

~ Ephesians 6:10-17

Our Lord teaches St. Faustina about Spiritual Warfare

(1760). 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 to 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 does not taint your deeds.

  • Bear with yourself with great patience.

  • Do not neglect interior mortifications.

  • Always justify to yourself the opinions 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 to.

  • Observe the rule as faithfully as you can.

  • If someone causes you trouble, think what good you can do for the 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 will not delude you with prospects of peace and consolations; on the contrary, prepare for great battles.

  • Know that you are now 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.