Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Spirituality: A Private Litany of Humility


From the desire of being praised, deliver me, Jesus.
   From the desire of being honored, 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 desire of comfort and ease, deliver me, Jesus.
   From the fear of being criticized, deliver me, Jesus.
   From the fear of being passed over, deliver me, Jesus.
   From the fear of being forgotten, deliver me, Jesus.
   From the fear of being lonely, deliver me, Jesus.
   From the fear of being hurt, deliver me, Jesus.
   From the fear of suffering, deliver me, Jesus.
   That others may be loved more than I,
   
O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like yours.
O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, strengthen me with your Spirit.
O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, teach me your ways.