I have read a good deal on the topic of spiritual combat. The most recent being a book by that very title, “Spiritual Combat,” by Lorezo Scupoli. Before then, there was a small gray book titled “The Manual for Spiritual Combat” I got from the local Catholic book shop.
These were after having read “Dark Night of The Soul,” and it just made sense to read them.
Also acquired a book during that period titled, “Deliverance Prayers for use by the Laity” And yup, that one has an imprimatur. A LOT of great prayers in there, most notably to me is one called a perimeter prayer that puts a spiritual perimeter around one and their home/family, past which evil may not cross.
Of course one needs to be properly disposed spiritually when using such prayers I think, but that’s our daily goal anyway is it not?
I think a lot of non-Catholics, and Catholics as well, completely misunderstand what the phrase “spiritual combat” means, as if it is similar to a Hollywood “Exorcist” film type thing or something, when in fact we “struggle not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities and the powers of darkness.” (Eph 6)
Anyone attempting to be devout would, I think indubitably, be confronted with some sort of spiritual oppression since satan doesn’t want us to be devout.