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Humility

February 22, 2010

O Jesus!  Meek and humble of heart, hear us.

   From the desire of being esteemed, deliver us, O Jesus.

   From the desire of being loved, From the desire of being extolled, from the desire of being honored,

   From the desire of being consulted, from the desire of being approved,

   From the fear of being humiliated, deliver us, O Jesus.

   From the fear of being despised, from the fear of being forgotten, from the fear of being ridiculed,

   From the fear of being wronged or suspected, deliver us, O Jesus.

   That others may be loved more than we, O Jesus, grant us the grace to desire it. 

   That others may be esteemed more than we,

   That others may increase and we may decrease, that others may be chosen and we set aside,

   That others may be praised and we unnoticed, that others may be preferred to us in everything,

   That others may become holier than we, provided that we may become as holy as we should,

O Jesus, grant us the grace to desire it.

                                                                                                                       

Rafael Merry del Val (1865-1930)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2010 9:43 am

    Ian,
    I didn’t know that you could write poetry! This is a great poem! Thanks for posting this!! 🙂

  2. Mueller & Tribbett permalink
    March 9, 2010 8:52 pm

    Convicting… Thanks for posting this!!

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