Training with the spiritual sword (Gregory the Great)

Reformed Covenanter

Puritanboard Commissioner
And a man can no longer be skilled in warfare if he does not train with the spiritual sword he has. For he is altogether unequal to the task of resisting temptations if by living a bad life he puts off holding this sword of the Word of God.

Gregory of the Great, Excerpts from the Books of Blessed Gregory on the Song of Songs. Compiled by William of Saint Thierry (1692) in Gregory the Great on the Song of Songs (594-98), trans. Mark DelCogliano (Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press, 2012), p. 207.