Litany of Humility: The Way of Christian Perfection

"Ecce Homo" - Antonio Ciseri [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“Ecce Homo” – Antonio Ciseri [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Written for private devotional use

by His Eminence Cardinal Merry del Val,

Secretary of State to Pope Pius X:

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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; 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 become holier than I, provided that I become as holy as I should; Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

One thought on “Litany of Humility: The Way of Christian Perfection

  1. This is quite inspiring and every human being should rather say this prayer every day. It humbles you, and sets Satan on the wrath because it halts its major appeal that is plant the disruptive seed of pride in man. It makes you realize that you have to embrace Gods will in every thing. It sets you apart from the worldly ways and unquenchable appetite for success, power, position etc. It equally nurtures the growth of appreciating what God has given you and God himself. It acts as a mirror or compass that directs you to the humility of Jesus Christ and Ever Blessed Virgin Mary.

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