IN THE REAR VIEW (reflections): THE SPIRITUAL COMBAT, 7.

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Evangelical Disciple

The Spiritual Combat

Chapter 7: Of Spiritual Exercises, and first of the Exercise of the Understanding, which must be kept guarded against ignorance and curiosity
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Having spoken of the first two weapons – 1) distrust of self, and 2) trust in God, the 3rd of 4 weapons is considered – Spiritual Exercises.

This term is not well known in common speech, which alone says a lot.  We are very accustomed to physical exercises; in fact, exercise and workouts are advertised very heavily in the United States.  This is a result of over-eating, unhealthy eating, and/or laziness.We are less accustomed to the term mental exercises, even though we use other words such as study or research.
We are even less accustomed to the term spiritual exercises.  Spiritual exercises make use of the mind and the will.  As physical exercises are for the body, spiritual exercises are…

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