Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Litany of Humility

by Merry Cardinal del Val, secretary of state to Pope Saint Pius X
from the prayer book for Jesuits, 1963

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

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

5 comments:

immaculataconceptio said...

The Fathers of Mercy say this in common on Sundays during the afternoon Holy Hour of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, just after the Divine Mercy chaplet.

Father George bloggingMERCY

Vincenzo said...

Father George,
I just saw Father Casey say it on EWTN.
Vincenzo

immaculataconceptio said...

Those who happily know themselves to be schmucks pray alike!

Father George blogging●The●Immaculate●Mother●of●Mercy

[That's a too-long blog title, but I think I've settled on that one, finally!]

msc said...

I love the Litany of Humility, thanks for posting it!
I've added it to my booklet of Novenas and Litanies.

K. Van Keith

laurazim said...

I pray this, but not nearly enough. Thanks for the reminder.

+JMJ+