Praying for humility

mary humility 1Prayer is the foundation of developing a virtuous life. It is the key that opens the door in our soul to seeing with our spiritual eyes.  As I read this prayer today, the urge to shut that door was strong! I have been working so hard to be a good person Lord! But there are so many areas that I need to clean up!

So I start this prayer with a loud groan and crying out to you Lord for your mercy and grace as I continue this path each day, having to start over so many times, even within a day.

To think about:  Where in my life do I need to take a second look? When do I forget that it is not me, but our Lord, who has ensured my successes? Do I think myself better than others and forget each of us is created by God? 

The Litany of Humility
Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930),
Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius X

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…

May your day be blessed with ease of being a steward of the mercy of Christ!

Ellen Marie Dumer, LCPC, president and founder of Living Your Exceptional Life™, is a pastoral counselor, life success coach, published author, and sought-after speaker. She is a guide and mentor for Catholic/Christian women seeking to harness and cultivate their aspirations for a life based on faith in Christ.

She and her husband, Deacon Gary Dumer, live in Maryland, have 4 children and soon-to-be nine grandchildren. Ellen loves to paint and craft, read, go on long bike rides and walks, garden, and spend fun time with her friends!

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