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(Painting: Dans un café [known as The Absinthe Drinker] by Edgar Degas [1875-1876]. Musée d’Orsay, Paris.) Spiritual Warfare Bibliography – Acedia: The Noonday Devil The Noonday Devil: Acedia, The Unnamed Evil of Our Times, by Jean-Charles Nault, O.S.B. (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2015.) 203 pages. (Electronic version on (With the following text, I’ve tried to structure what I’ve retained from my reading of that book...) “Although the midday sun comes to bathe everything in its...
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The Stakes

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Spiritual Warfare Introduction – What Are The Stakes? Hockey or football teams face each other to ultimately win a cup, to see their names written on a trophy. In combat sports, people fight to get the winner’s belt, the title of champion. So before diving into big (potentially controversial!) questions on spiritual warfare, it is appropriate to ask ourselves what is at stake. Why is there a fight? (By the way... I have not chosen a picture of a mix martial arts fighter because I like that sp...
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My Heart, A Fortified City

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Spiritual Warfare Introduction – My Heart, A Fortified City “Guard your heart above all else,for it determines the course of your life.” (1) In my last post I recalled the biblical definition of the heart as the whole inner being of a person, and I said that on the basis of the verse above that the heart defined this way is the place where spiritual warfare occurs. “In fact, everything—absolutely everything—that makes up our lives has its source in our heart. All of our life’s activities begi...
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A Matter of the Head or the Heart?

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Spiritual Warfare Introduction – A Matter of the Head or the Heart? “Guard your heart above all else,for it determines the course of your life.” (1) In my preamble, I said that spiritual warfare, though it is invisible, is indeed real. I also said that the material and the spiritual co-habitate in daily life. OK, that’s fine... But so what?... Now, the question is: where does spiritual warfare happen? Where do the confrontations take place? According to the verse written above, we could answe...
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SW Preamble

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Spiritual Warfare Preamble – A Word of Testimony Spiritual warfare. What does that expression bring to your mind? How do you understand this term? Does it invoke an image, a metaphor of the Christian life? Is it simply a part of our Christian lingo? A cliche perhaps? I realize that the meaning that I give to it is tainted – or has been tainted – by various experiences that I’ve had throughout my life. Peace and All-Mighty Science The rational side of my heart is much more developed than my em...
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