Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Prayer for Humility



I found this prayer on the "Catholic One" phone app (excellent app, by the way!). This prayer has  really has struck a chord with me, so I share it with you. This Litany of Humility prayer was composed by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930).

 

Litany of Humility

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.


From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, Jesus.


That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

2 comments:

Spot said...

Stumbled across your blog post here and, as a student preparing to graduate seminary, I appreciate it greatly. I hope you don't mind if I shamelessly repost the cartoon on my own blog. I'll link back to your post.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing prayer! Rooting ones worth in God alone, and hoping that others become the good news they too are called to be.

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