Friday, 12 October 2012

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...
From the desire of being extolled ...
From the desire of being honored ...
From the desire of being praised ...
From the desire of being preferred to others...
From the desire of being consulted ...
From the desire of being approved ...
From the fear of being humiliated ...
From the fear of being despised...
From the fear of suffering rebukes ...
From the fear of being calumniated ...
From the fear of being forgotten ...
From the fear of being ridiculed ...
From the fear of being wronged ...
From the fear of being suspected ...

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I ...
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease ...
That others may be chosen and I set aside ...
That others may be praised and I unnoticed ...
That others may be preferred to me in everything...
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should…

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Dis the most difficult prayer.

2 comments:

  1. So true! This is so hard; I'm a person who loves esteem and hates being mistaken. It's almost worse as a medical student, too....in the U.S., we are taught to be aggressive and eager to please our preceptors--is it the same in Indonesia?

    I love this prayer. Thank you!

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    1. We are not taught to be aggressive exactly, but competitive, certainly. I've had my share of being a gunner too, even :p The problem is, worldly favour, in this case, our preceptors' favour, is indeed very important for our career.

      Then again, nothing's impossible for God :)

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