A Difficult Prayer 

This week’s reflection is going to be a little different from what you usually expect to find in this space. I’m going to challenge each one of you to pray the prayer I’m sharing here. My Catholic friends may be familiar with it, but I’ll bet most of my protestant readers haven’t seen it before. I’m sharing it because, at least for me, it’s a very difficult prayer to pray. It asks the Lord to grace us with His humility. Ouch. I believe it’s a very powerful and a very healing petition. I’d love to know what you think about it. You can leave your thoughts at tiberjudy.wordpress.com. May the Lord bless you. 
The Litany of Humility 
O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me. 

From the desire of being esteemed,

Deliver me, Jesus. (repeat after each line)

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. (repeat after each line) 

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. 


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Brian H. Gill
    Jul 30, 2017 @ 21:35:04

    That prayer – and attitude – can have odd consequences.

    Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, for example, was on a ‘success’ career track before he threw it all away: from his father’s viewpoint.

    That exercise in humility and rejection of fame and glory resulted, eventually, in Pietro di Bernardone and Pica de Bourlemont’s son being known around the world: for folks speaking my language, as Saint Francis of Assisi.


  2. SR
    Jul 31, 2017 @ 01:26:41

    Hard prayer to pray???? Surely not, when placing the needs, wants and desires of others, before our own!!! 🙂 To pray that we become less as everyone else becomes more!!! Now, why would that be hard to pray??? 🙂

    For me it is always hard to pray and mean it. I can say the words but to get my heart in there (on some of it, not all) at times is a little difficult to do. On the last four lines it always makes me feel as if I am fading away like a shadow. That is what is hard for me. Oh pride! How much of a battle does it take to keep you away? Love you and God Bless, SR


  3. The Catholic Cat
    Jul 31, 2017 @ 07:12:29

    I have often been given this as penance and it is VERY humbling, especially if you really mean it! Great prayer that I have come to love, but yes, hard to say!!!


  4. Ruth Ann Keller Pilney
    Oct 11, 2017 @ 15:33:24

    I have been using this prayer on a regular basis before I go to bed as an examination of conscience. When I see that I all short of most of these petitions, I pray something like this: “Lord, I do like to be esteemed. Please, give me the grace to quench that desire.”


    • tiberjudy
      Oct 11, 2017 @ 16:00:29

      That’s a good idea since many sins, if not all, have their roots in pride. I’m always made humble by this Litany as well. Blessings to you.


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