I’ve been participating in a wonderful group of women at my parish (Christ Renews His Parish program – I encourage you to do it too!) for the last 6 months and we are nearing the conclusion of preparing to host a retreat for another group of women. I have felt many blessings through this process. Life has been really good to me lately. But it’s been on my heart to refocus in some new ways: How can I serve BETTER? Am I giving glory to God in all that I do or am I picking and choosing?

Every other Friday, a group of Christians at my office get together, listen to a local preacher’s recorded teachings and discuss them. I am the only practicing Catholic in the room, but I am not afraid to deliver the message of the Catholic faith to my colleagues – we are all brothers and sisters after all. We had a wonderful discussion on Friday about remembering who to give credit to no matter how well things are going in life (the answer is God by the way). I couldn’t help but think of the word humility throughout the discussion. This topic also came up with a friend while texting this morning.

Matt Maher, on his newest album, “The Love in Between,” includes a song called “Every Little Prison (Deliver Me)” which incorporates many of the lines from the Litany of Humility. With all this crossing my path lately, I know that God has been calling me to focus more on humility. So here I am, Lord … listening and open to your call.

I first learned of the Litany of Humility at a previous employer and we prayed it as a group. I am thankful for the introduction of this into my life. Since it’s been on my heart, I just emailed out the Litany of Humility to my work group – a group of non-Catholics praying a Catholic prayer. May they be open to it.

So with that, I wanted to also share it with you. May you remember to seek humility in all that you do. I’ll pray for you … please pray for me.

Cheers,

Sarah

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.