Tuesday, January 06, 2009

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

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

Written by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930), Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius X

1 comment:

Shaun Ratcliffe said...

This is a prayer that one must do with complete earnestness and understanding that your prayer WILL be answered. I have done it and felt its effects, sometimes with the utter feeling of regret for asking for such things (but I guess humility would push that feeling aside? hmmm...).

But, in the long run, it does a soul good. It sure doesn't feel good, but then again like the father in Calvin and Hobbes says, "It builds CHARACTER!"

I think this is something worthy of coupling with the prayer of St Francis of Assisi. His prayer reminds us that in being humble we always have something to bring to the table.