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Deliver Us from Evil


The seventh petition follows: "But deliver us from evil".

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ourlady76Here she asks to be freed from arousal and inclination toward sin.  For even though she has been trained beyond all expectation and even though she continues to aspire to a more intimate union and yearns to be raised up to her Beloved, nevertheless the human spirit's earthly body and the hostility of the flesh may sidetrack the spirit from aiming toward the heavens above, veering aside toward the things her senses desire.  Indeed, although striving to raise herself up to live through love in heaven, she sometimes finds herself mired down by cogitation.

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. 



balma1Hugh 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). 

Excerpt reprinted under a "fair use" consideration. 

The Author

balmaHugh 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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