A Humbling Lenten Prayer

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This litany that has been meaningful to me, and it’s especially appropriate for Lent:

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. Amen.

–Attributed to Rafael Cardinal Merry Del Val, by Charles Belmonten (Handbook of Prayers, Studium Theologiae Foundation, Manila, 1986).

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6 Responses to A Humbling Lenten Prayer

  1. Richard Bell says:

    Well, I balked at those petitions for the grace to desire things that seemed over the top.
    I want to hear the Lord say to me, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” even if he says it to no one else, and I would not ask that the Lord grant me the grace to desire it be said to others but not to me.
    Have I misunderstood those petitions?

  2. Thanks for sharing the prayer.
    I don’t know if I want to thank you for sharing that video of the violent men in the senate chamber invoking the name of Jesus…but it is what really happened. And it is very important for all of us to be dealing with reality. The True Reality IS Jesus! Using Jesus’ name in opposition to that which Jesus represents has happened before and it is happening now.
    The devil knows Jesus’ name and he knows scripture.
    If we are to understand what we are faced with we must understand reality. Evil exists. It must be faced! And it can be faced because of the The truth of the incarnation , the crucifixion and resurrection. The True Truth!
    We have the promise of the discernment and the wisdom that the Holy Spirit imparts to all of us who believe!

  3. Ron Fraser says:

    Thanks Mark. This is a hard and very challenging, but wonderful prayer for those of us who suffer from white privilege, or I guess any other privilege, to pray.

  4. Brent Hoover says:

    Great prayer.

    But this line I am thinking is mot quite right to pray.

    “From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.”

    Unless he just means loved in a way fans love their idol. Then of course, yes.

    But for the true need of being truly loved, we should embrace and pray it will be fulfilled in the truest way. You think?

  5. Sharon Irvine says:

    I like this prayer very much. I would like to share one with you: Give us grace, O Eternal Father, that we strive to keep the way of the cross and carry in our hearts the image of Jesus crucified. Make us glad to conform ourselves to thy divine will, that, being fashioned after his life- giving death, we may die according to the flesh and live according to the spirit of righteousness, through that same Jesus Christ our only Lord and Savior. Amen
    I am a member of the companions of the Holy Cross and this is our prayer.
    Thank you for your Report. I always read it and am challenged by it. Blessings

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