On Bended Knees: The Litany of Humility

Written by Jepoy Meneses on . Posted in Cool Catholics, Program Updates


The Litany of Humility

O JESUS! meek [1] 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,
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 being rebuked,
From the fear of being calumniated,[2]
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
That others may be chosen and I set
That others may be praised and I
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,

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


AS YOU PRAY the Litany of Humility, you ask for three different graces that will allow you to live a genuine Christian life. These are the graces

to set aside your attempts to make yourself feel “special” through the acceptance and admiration of others;
to overcome your repugnance to feeling emotionally hurt by others;
to seek the good of others in all things, setting aside allcompetition, even at your own expense.

Still, let’s be careful that this is done in a psychologically healthy manner.

First, it’s good when our work is recognized and appreciated; the spiritual point is that we shouldn’t crave this admiration as an aspect of a personal

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