My Prayer of Humility

Recently I haven’t published any new posts on my personal blog for many reasons. I actually have a long list of started, but still unfinished drafts because I’ve had many concerns about everything from search engine optimization, conflicts of interest, and many other technical issues. I realized how much pressure I was putting on myself for no real reasons.

Last weekend, I was greatly motivated by a presentation I heard at CatholiCon Expo in Houston. It helped to liberate my approach from being so confined to a strict, strategized approach to my online presence. In the grand scheme of eternity, I do a greater disservice if I am afraid of being who I am.

I look forward to starting to post more, even if some are short. Some may call it lazy, but I call it prudent. 2011 has definitely been a working year, and God has provided plenty for me to do. With all of that, I have to be careful to keep it all balanced. Many great things have happened by the grace of God, but there are many times that it’s easy to forget who’s in charge.

My penance from confession last week really resounded with me. I only had to do it once, but he recommended adding it to my regular prayers. It is absolutely the perfect prayer for the different work that I am called to do right now. I highly recommend it for everyone.

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, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, Jesus.

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I,
provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

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