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Posted on 07/01/2010 9:03:55 AM PDT by Mad Dawg

Litany of Humility

Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val

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.


Closing Prayer

Dominicus Gabriel Mariae


O most gracious Lord Jesus:
To redeem an undeserving humanity
You gave up everything you had.

In your mercy, grant us the grace
of despising all things but you
and your love

That we may know the joy
you brought to us
through your dolorous Passion
and Death,

Who live and reign in might and bliss
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
One God, in everlasting glory.



TOPICS: Ecumenism; General Discusssion; Moral Issues; Prayer; Worship
KEYWORDS: litanyofhumility; prayer
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To: Mad Dawg

Bless me Father for I have sinned.I am so proud I am making Daily Mass.Father-That’s not a sin-heheheheh


41 posted on 07/01/2010 6:38:33 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Desdemona

Of course that’s an excellent prayer. I am trying to keep it short and sweet and besides, for many the first day is done.

I certainly wouldn’t discourage anyone from praying this prayer.


42 posted on 07/01/2010 6:49:33 PM PDT by Mad Dawg ("Be kind to everyone you meet, for every person is fighting a great battle" -- St. Ephraim)
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To: fatima

Well, as Click and Clack say, It’s our humility that makes us great.

As Dawg says, Praying for humility is weird: if you think the prayer has been granted, it hasn’t.

So, fatima, are you in? I’m putting you on my list (which I will email to God.)


43 posted on 07/01/2010 6:51:37 PM PDT by Mad Dawg ("Be kind to everyone you meet, for every person is fighting a great battle" -- St. Ephraim)
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To: Mad Dawg

Let me think about it-Ok I’m in.


44 posted on 07/01/2010 6:53:44 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: fatima

I am glad you’re a fast thinker!

It’s good to pray. I feel so fatuous, but really, it’s good.

God is so generous! Not only do I pray the LOTH with gazillions of Catholics around the world, but now I have prayer buddies on FR. Wonderful!


45 posted on 07/01/2010 6:57:07 PM PDT by Mad Dawg ("Be kind to everyone you meet, for every person is fighting a great battle" -- St. Ephraim)
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To: small voice in the wilderness

Hey small!

You’re invited.


46 posted on 07/01/2010 7:02:01 PM PDT by Mad Dawg ("Be kind to everyone you meet, for every person is fighting a great battle" -- St. Ephraim)
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To: Mad Dawg

I think I’m proud of that but I take it back.


47 posted on 07/01/2010 7:07:29 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Mad Dawg

Hi, you! I’m following the thread closely. I want to join in, but I must be convinced within myself that the Love of the TRUTH is the reason for the gathering. I know, it’s within me to understand and believe, but KNOW that I’m following closely and praying for all involved. Grace, peace, and truth in all your comings and goings, Mad Dawg. Thanks for thinking of me. Maranatha! SVITW


48 posted on 07/01/2010 7:08:29 PM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (Defending the Indefensible. The Pride of a Pawn.)
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To: Mad Dawg

Nothing restrains anger, curbs pride, heals the wound of malice, bridles self-indulgence, quenches the passions, checks avarice and puts unclean thoughts to flight, as does the name of Jesus.

-- St. Bernard


49 posted on 07/01/2010 7:12:10 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: small voice in the wilderness
Well, FWIW, here's my alleged thinking. One of my heroes of the Gospels is that father who said, "Lord, I believe. Help thou my unbelief."

The truth is my faith, my love, my hope, all the virtues are weak in me. The one thing I am still learning, slowly and sometimes painfully, is that when I have a momentary gift of insight and see some great lack in myself, my first response must always be to thank God for the uncomfortable but saving insight, and to ask Him to supply my lack.

So I think I must say that He will supply the deficiencies of our Love for Him and for the Truth who is His Son. It's our place to pray and to praise, to beg and to thank. And really, this Litany is all about that, about asking Him to give us what we need to do what He wants.

50 posted on 07/01/2010 7:19:23 PM PDT by Mad Dawg ("Be kind to everyone you meet, for every person is fighting a great battle" -- St. Ephraim)
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To: Salvation

NICE!

Do you know where that’s from?


51 posted on 07/01/2010 7:20:25 PM PDT by Mad Dawg ("Be kind to everyone you meet, for every person is fighting a great battle" -- St. Ephraim)
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To: small voice in the wilderness

>>I want to join in, but I must be convinced within myself that the Love of the TRUTH is the reason for the gathering.<<

Do you mean “your” truth? Isn’t that why we pray to be humble?

This isn’t at all about the “Love of Truth”. Because praying this is not for others but rather to bring humility onto one’s self. Or at least that’s my take on it.


52 posted on 07/01/2010 7:22:15 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I am inyenzi on the Religion Forum)
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To: Mad Dawg
Prayers up.

Much of the problem here is indiscreet zeal.

From Abandonment to Divine Providence

Letter XI.—Intemperate Zeal.

To the same person. On intemperate and indiscreet zeal.


I see, my dear Sister, that a mistaken zeal exposes you to dangers all the more serious because they are hidden under the most insidious appearances. Desire for the perfection of our neighbour is, doubtless, very good; the pain that is felt interiorly 202at the sight of his defects is good also, provided it proceeds from a pure desire for his perfection, But with all this there must needs be mingled much secret self-complacency, confidence in one’s own superior light, and severity towards one’s neighbour. Zeal such as this cannot, you must well understand, come from God; it is an illusion of the devil, hurtful to yourself and to others. However, the evil can be easily cured provided you are sincere enough, and submissive enough to recognise the gravity of it, and to apply the remedy. That which I am about to offer you has already produced a very happy result in a soul which was subject to the same illusion. Let us hope it will not be less efficacious in your case.

I advise you, therefore, and command you in the most sacred name of Jesus Christ, and that of His divine Mother, never more to think of practising the virtue of zeal as long as this prohibition is not expressly removed. I exculpate you before God absolutely, and I take upon myself the responsibility of all the ill consequences that may result from this prohibition. If you should get scruples about it, and the devil should put in your mind that you could do some good or avert some evil, say to God, “My God, although charity is the queen of virtues, I may not practise this zeal until You have made me able to do so without detriment to the charity I owe to others and to myself. When I am found to be sufficiently strong, or rather sufficiently humble, to exercise zeal without disturbing the peace of my soul, and with all possible sweetness, compassion, and thoughtfulness for my neighbour, and a helpfulness, kindness and charity which nothing can embitter, a charity which is scandalised at nothing but its own shortcomings; with all that patience and long-suffering which enables one tranquilly to endure the defects of others, and for as long as You will suffer them, Oh, my God; and when I am neither troubled, nor uneasy, nor astonished that others are incorrigible, then this prohibition will be removed, and I shall be able to think that I can glorify You in my neighbour. But until then, Oh, my God, I must exercise my zeal on myself, in the correction of my numerous defects.”

In fact, my very dear Sister, when humility has dug that deep foundation indispensable to every virtue, I shall be the first to urge you to resume the practice of zeal; until then think only of yourself. Remember that God, to punish those who have practised this indiscreet zeal, and to correct them, has often allowed them to fall into much graver faults than those which has scandalised them in others.

In the second place I command you never to speak of God, or of anything good, unless in a spirit of humility and meekness, in an amiable and gracious manner, with moderation and 203encouragement, and never with bitterness and severity, or in a way to wound and repel those who hear you, because, although you may only say what is in the Gospel and in the best books, I believe that in your present state of mind you might say it very badly and in such a way as only to do harm. Did not Satan make use of the words of Holy Scripture to tempt our Lord? Truth is the proper relation of things. It is changed when pushed to extremes, or wrongly applied. Your peevish temper is like a smoked glass, which, if you do not take care will prevent you seeing things in their true light, or showing them to others. Keep always on your guard against this fatal influence, and feed your mind on thoughts and feelings that are contrary to those inspired by temper. Entertain yourself and others with conversations on the infinite goodness of God, and on the confidence we ought to have in Him. Compel yourself to offer an example in your whole conduct, of a virtue that has no bounds, and which imposes no restraint on others. If you have nothing kind to say keep silent, and leave the care of deciding to others. They can avoid better than you too much laxness, and will be exact without being severe. If exactitude be praiseworthy, severity is blamable, it does nothing but revolt people instead of convincing them, and embitter their souls instead of gaining them. As much as true meekness, with the help of God, has power to repel evil and to win to good, so much has an excessive harshness power to make goodness difficult and evil incurable. The first is edifying, the latter, destructive.

53 posted on 07/01/2010 7:23:46 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: fatima

Phew! That was CLOSE!


54 posted on 07/01/2010 7:24:09 PM PDT by Mad Dawg ("Be kind to everyone you meet, for every person is fighting a great battle" -- St. Ephraim)
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To: small voice in the wilderness; netmilsmom
Love of the TRUTH

"I AM the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me."

Why would we pray for humility, self-abnegation, the scorn of the world ... except out of love for Jesus, who suffered all that we naturally struggle to avoid?

55 posted on 07/01/2010 7:25:45 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Your shipment of failure to take a nap has arrived. It's whiny.)
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To: All

Jesus, Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world.
Have Mercy on us.
Grant us they peace.

Im in.


56 posted on 07/01/2010 7:28:44 PM PDT by rbmillerjr (A loud band of PaulBots, Isolationists, Protectionists, 911Inside Jobnuts, 3rdParty Loud Irrelevants)
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To: Tax-chick; small voice in the wilderness

If that’s the truth the svitw was talking about, does that poster doubt that we love Christ?


57 posted on 07/01/2010 7:33:27 PM PDT by netmilsmom (I am inyenzi on the Religion Forum)
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To: netmilsmom; small voice in the wilderness
does that poster doubt that we love Christ?

I have no idea. I can't imagine why anyone would pray this litany, with a sincere heart, for any other reason except to magnify Christ. Or why anyone with an insincere heart would pray it at all. Perhaps we've all got the reservation ... "but don't make it too bad, please!" ... but nonetheless, we all want to want to be sincerely humble, right?

58 posted on 07/01/2010 7:37:25 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Your shipment of failure to take a nap has arrived. It's whiny.)
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To: netmilsmom

no, I do not mean “my” truth. I mean The Truth. Love of The Truth. It builds bridges and mends fences and endures all. It raises us up and strengthens us when we are weak. It calls to us, not condemns. It waits with patience to be discovered and shouts with joy when it is. It never changes and is dependable, even unto the end. It shows us our past, guides us in our present, and promises us its unending, unwaivering allegiance in the future.


59 posted on 07/01/2010 7:40:27 PM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (Defending the Indefensible. The Pride of a Pawn.)
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To: netmilsmom; Tax-chick

Of course I don’t doubt that you love Christ. I’m talking about the truth of God’s Word. Please don’t misunderstand what I was saying. It was not my intention to disrupt your thread or accuse you of something that obviously isn’t true. Your love of Christ is apparent, and I would never say or imply anything to the contrary. Maranatha!


60 posted on 07/01/2010 7:46:16 PM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (Defending the Indefensible. The Pride of a Pawn.)
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