Litany of Humility

I was really struck by Mark’s post today. Two things in particular:

1. Mark writes, “Humility is a deep sense of the value of others, and a sincere desire for good to happen to them, rather than to me.”

I really appreciate the connection here between humility and valuing others. This strikes me as true.

2. In his post Mark included the Litany of Humility attributed to Rafael Merry del Val. I feel the need to soak in these words. This is really good and I needed it today.

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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 slandered,
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.

– Rafael Merry del Val

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One Response

  1. Adam,
    Powerful. Thanks for this. I love what Mark writes “a sincere desire for good to happen to them, rather than to me.”

    What a daily struggle to set aside that tendency.

    I appreciate the reminder and poem from Rafael Merry del Val. I posted it on my blog as well.

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