The seventh petition follows: "But deliver us from evil".
Because she utterly detests the thought that the spirit, the sanctuary of the entire Trinity, might listen to libidinous talk or deliberately stoop to something shameful — which would make her contemptible in the eyes of the Bridegroom — with manifold longing she asks to be set free from such things. She does this not that she might escape the punishment she deserves, but that she might not incur the darkening that would render her less desirable in her Beloved's eyes.
Thus she ought to bend her ear to the kind Father who has begotten her in the life of love, and she ought to open the eye of understanding inwardly, so that she might cling with all ardor of love to the spiritual Father and aspire to his dwelling-place...
He created her so that she might depend solely on him in the obedience of ignited love.
Hugh of Balma. "Deliver Us from Evil." from Carthusian Spirituality: The Writings of Hugh of Balma and Gigo de Ponte (New York: Paulist Press, Inc., 1997).
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Hugh of Balma, also known as Hugo of Balma or Hugh of Dorche was a Carthusian theologian, generally acknowledged to be the author of the work which is generally entitled Viae Syon Lugent (The Roads to Zion Mourn), after its opening line. His writings in English are represented in Carthusian Spirituality: The Writings of Hugh of Balma and Gigo de Ponte.Copyright © 1997 Paulist Press
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