The Litany of Humility

I find it difficult today to engage with anyone who ‘has all the facts’ or has the uncanny ability to always say what the document which they are interpreting says. When you have the monopoly on truth and facts, you are impossible to dialogue with because you have become your own final judge of what those two things are. We need more humility, don’t you think?

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 become as holy as I should,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

Written by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val.

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Thank God that I have been delivered (well, most days) from that mentality.

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One Reply to “The Litany of Humility”

  1. There are a lot of religious words around – but one thing is true, we have a deep need to be loved, (at least that’s my diagnosis) and we probably don’t know that this is the source of our malaise (whatever that seems to be). We also have the ability to exploit. Perhaps the two abilities are the source of the conflict we see in all societies – and if we study church history, no less there than elsewhere. The election of Israel – as your link said – is God’s love talk. So the above poem is suspect to me – pious rather than true.

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