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The Litany of Humility

The Litany of Humility

written by Cardinal Merry del Val

He was accustomed to recite this prayer daily after the celebration of Holy Mass

Oh 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 desire 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 be holier than I, provided that I become as holy as I should,
            Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

Thanks to Angelus Press for permission to reproduce this prayer.


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This is an amazing prayer…I was looking for this for a long time now and finally saw it! thank you:)

Comment by emarosello

This is Catholic mysticism. Try also ‘Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence,’ also available at Angelus for seven bucks! The little pamphlet teaches how to begin to tell God that one accepts His will in our lives that day, whatever happens. One goes beyond the events one knows will happen that day. One rehearses the really worst things that possibly could happen, from physical to financial to personal, and tells God to bring it on, for the sake of His dear Son, who suffered all those things for us. One asks only for the appropriate virtue to bear it. Fortitude. Patience. Courage. All those. (Do I know the rest? Not sure, but the saints say to pray for virtues is the most wonderful prayer of all, and I notice the traditional mass collects do this over and over, whereas the novus ordo collects ask God over and over, as does the entire mass, to confirm us in our grooviness.) One begs God for those virtues. Then, the authors say (one is a Blessed–I cannot go look for the name on my bookshelf because I’ve given it away again), the next move is God’s. And He will give us the virtue we ask for, and which alone we cannot achieve, and fix or arrange the event, too. Will supply what is needed.The pamphlet implies He will fall all over Himself doing it, and I confess I have seen it happen in my own life. Because He is a gentleman to the core. This must be what St. Teresa of Avila meant when she said, prayer is like playing chess with God. It is Catholic mysticism and it knows places in the soul and movements of the soul Zen and all the pompous others, do not know, and it admits of a God big enough to fill our enormous longing. Let’s be Catholic, and fully, completely Catholic and God’s own adopted children!

Comment by thewhitelilyblog

Also St. Augustine’s prayer, included in the devotions after Holy Communion in the 1962 missal–“Let me know myself and know thee, and desire nothing save only thee” etc.

Comment by Stephanie A. Mann




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