Litany of Humility

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

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

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