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The Suscipe of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Here’s another prayer that makes me uncomfortable – and that’s a good thing.  I’m starting to use it after receiving Holy Communion.

Suscipe (St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus)

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.

You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.

Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace.
That is enough for me.

 

The Navarre Bible and Commentary

I finally found a scriptural resource for daily meditation that has just the right mix of scholarship and devotion:  The Navarre Bible.  This text, published by Scepter Publishers, an outreach of the The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei, footnotes just about every passage with not only historical notes and contextual information, but also with appropriate quotations from the Church Fathers and the Doctors of the Church.  And St. Escriva, of course.

The biblical text uses the Revised Standard Version – Catholic Edition (RSV-CE) and the commentary was written by members of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Navarre.  The Latin translation of the scriptural verses from the New Vulgate is also provided.

 

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…