Category Archives: prayer

Litany of Humility

This prayer, composed by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930), Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius X, makes me squirm!  That’s probably because it hits the nail on the head.

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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…
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…

Ignatian Reflections from the Magis Center

Here’s a great daily reflection, steeped in the spirituality of St. Ignatius, on the daily readings.  Brief, but thoroughly trustworthy and orthodox.  And produced by Jesuits!  One can subscribe by clicking here.

The Magis Center for Catholic Spirituality is an outreach of the Magis Institute, founded by Fr. Robert Spitzer S.J..  The Institute also sponsors the Magis Center of Reason and Faith,  which has a mission “to explore and share the close connection between reason and faith as revealed by new discoveries in physics and philosophy.