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.