Choosing to be Humble

Becoming a Priest, a seminarian, a religious, or a married spouse is something that is valued by many, but desired by few.  Likewise, humility is a virtue that is valued by many, but desired by few. Humility is the indispensible quality that we need to answer God’s call for our lives.  God’s call is a gift, yet no gift can be rightly accepted without humility.  Without humility, we do not have the trust and openess that is necessary to accept the gift.

Humility is itself a gift.  God must change our prideful hearts.  We who are all too eager to covet and grasp at prizes must place ourselves in God’s hands, and ask Him to make us humble people.  In the Gospel today, Peter asks (in a way that is typical of the lovely St. Peter) “What’s in it for us?”  Jesus response is, “whoever has given up family, house, land, wife, and children for the sake of the kingdom will receive them back 100 fold in this life, and in the life to come.”  This is Jesus’ promise: humility will gain its reward.  And so, alongside humility, there must always be patience as well.

 

This is a great prayer for humility.  I hope that it helps you out in your continual discernment of God’s will for your life:

Litany of Humility

Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930),
Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius X

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
Fromthe desire of being esteemed,
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being loved…
From the desire of being extolled …
From the desire of being honored …
From the desire of being praised …
From the desire of being preferred to others…
From the desire of being consulted …
From the desire of being approved …
From the fear of being humiliated …
Fromthe fear of being despised…
From the fear of suffering rebukes …
From the fear of being calumniated …
From the fear of being forgotten …
From the fear of being ridiculed …
From the fear of being wronged …
From the fear of being suspected …

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

That others may be esteemed more than I …
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease …
That others may be chosen and I set aside …
That others may be praised and I unnoticed …
That others may be preferred to me in everything…
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should…

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About erievocations

I am a priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, PA. I am an Assistant Vocations Director, tasked with the promotion of seminary recruitment. My blog deals with discernment of vocations, especially to the priesthood, as well as our universal call to be holy.
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One Response to Choosing to be Humble

  1. Deacon Doug says:

    LOVE this Litany and pray it often

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