The Litany of Humility

While reflecting on the readings for this Sunday, I thought about the “Litany of Humility,” written by the late Cardinal Merry del Val.  I would like to share it with you.

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 forgotten; deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being ridiculed; deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being wronged; 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 be the grace to desire it.

— Father Dennis, February 17, 2019