• Fr. Thomas Colyandro

A Litany of Humility


Give yourself away to the Lord. Hold nothing back. Go deeper into union with Him, this is your eternity.

When you pray, try using this Litany of Humility, which can be traced to the 1800s.

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart!

Make my heart like yours.

From self-will, deliver me, O Lord.

From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, O Lord.

From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, O Lord.

From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, O Lord.

From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, O Lord.

From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, O Lord.

From the desire of being preferred, Deliver me, O Lord.

From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, O Lord.

From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, O Lord.

From the desire to be understood, deliver me, O Lord.

From the desire to be visited, Deliver me, O Lord.

From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, O Lord

From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, O Lord.

From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver me, O Lord.

From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, O Lord.

From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, O Lord.

From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, O Lord.

From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, O Lord.

From the fear of being abandoned, Deliver me, O Lord.

From the fear of being refused, Deliver Me, O Lord.

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

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

That others may grow in the opinion of the world and I diminish, Lord, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be chosen and I set aside, Lord, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be praised and I unnoticed/forgotten, Lord, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be preferred before me in everything, Lord, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be seen as more holy than I, provided I am as holy as I should be, Lord, grant me the grace to desire it.

At being unknown, Lord I want to rejoice.

At being deprived of the perfections of body and mind, Lord, I want to rejoice.

When people do not think of me, Lord, I want to rejoice.

When they assign to me the meanest tasks, Lord, I want to rejoice.

When they do not even deign to make use of me, Lord, I want to rejoice.

When they never ask my opinion, Lord, I want to rejoice.

When they leave me at the lowest place, Lord, I want to rejoice.

When they never compliment me, Lord, I want to rejoice.

When they blame me in season and out of season, Lord, I want to rejoice.

Blessed are those who suffer persecution for your sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

#continualprayer #MeditativePrayer #humility #JesusChrist

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