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Unclean Spirits


The knowledge possessed by a soul faithful to its obligations, quietly submissive to the intimate orders of grace, gentle and humble towards all, is worth more than the most profound penetration of mysteries.


... What is there among creatures that can resist the force of a faithful, gentle and humble soul?  If we would infallibly conquer our enemies we must oppose them with no other arms than fidelity, gentleness and humility.  Jesus Christ has put these in our hands for our defense; there is nothing to fear when we know how to use them.  We should not be cowardly but generous, for this is the only disposition in which we can use these divine instruments.  All that God does is sublime and marvelous and never can individual action at war with God resist one who is united to the divine action by gentleness and humility.

What is Lucifer?  He is a brilliant intelligence, the most enlightened of all, but an intelligence discontented with God and his order.  The mystery of iniquity is nothing but the result of this discontent manifested in as many ways as possible.  Lucifer, as far as lies in his power, wishes to leave nothing in the state in which God has ordained and placed it.  Wherever he penetrates, you will always find the work of God disfigured.  The more lights, knowledge and general capacity a person has the more he is to be feared, if he has not the foundation of piety which consists in contentment with God and his will.  It is the regulation of the heart that places us in union with the divine will; without that union, everything is but pure nature and, usually, pure opposition to the divine order; God has not, properly speaking, any instruments but humble souls.



Saint Claude de la Colombiere. S.J. "Unclean Spirits." excerpt from Spiritual Direction of St Claude de La Columbiere (San Francisco, Ca: Ignatius Press, 1997).

Reprinted with permission from Ignatius Press.

The Author

colombiere1colombiere Saint Claude de la Colombiere. S.J. (1641-1682) promoted the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and was the confessor of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. Claude de la Colombiere was born of French noble parents in 1641. In 1674, after 15 years of Jesuit life, Colombiere took a personal vow to observe the Rule and Constitutions of the Society of Jesus. He is the author of The Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence, The Faithful Servant: Spiritual Retreats And Letters Of Blessed Claude La Colombiere, and Spiritual Direction of St Claude de La Columbiere

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