Humility

by Merry Cardinal del Val, secretary of state to Pope Saint Pius X
from the prayer book for Jesuits, 1963

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, Hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed, 
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being loved, 
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being extolled, 
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being honored, 
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being praised, 
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being preferred to others, 
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being consulted, 
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the desire of being approved, 
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being humiliated, 
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being despised, 
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, 
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being calumniated, 
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being forgotten, 
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being ridiculed, 
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being wronged, 
Deliver me, O Jesus.
From the fear of being suspected, 
Deliver me, O 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, 
J
esus, 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 go unnoticed,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything, J
esus, 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.
Charity
 "Charity is patient, is kind; charity does not envy, is not pretentious, is not puffed up, is not ambitious, is not self-seeking, is not provoked; thinks no evil, does not rejoice over wickedness, but rejoices with the truth, bears with all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
(1 Cor. 13:4-7). 

To have Charity is to love God above all things for Himself and be ready to renounce all created things rather than offend Him by serious sin.
 ( Matt. 22:36-40) 


 



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