Friday, July 20, 2012

Prayer of Humility



My daughter gave me a prayer just before her marriage - Litany of Humility written by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930), Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius X.
I have tried to say it every day and I think it helps me. Sometimes events occur in my life where I will think, "Why did that happen to me or why did that person insult me that way?", and then I will remember that I've been praying this litany. Praying for a change in my heart - to be more Christlike, to be more like my Savior:
Litany of Humility
O Jesus! meek 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 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.
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...

Pray this Litany every day with devotion and you will acquire the change you desire.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Prayer

Thou art all fair O Mary
- and the original stain is not in thee!
O Mary!
Make my body pure, and my spirit holy.
Draw me in the odor of thy oinments...
Encompass my heart within thine.
Show thyself my mother!

But thou O lord, have mercy on us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.