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Day 13: Jesus, Grant Me The Grace to Desire it

February 27, 2018

“Whoever Exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12)

Tall Orders. I recently had a friend of mine encourage me to start saying The Litany of Humility again.

I have an interesting past with this prayer. I have loved it and hated it. Prayed it and refused to pray it.

But today’s gospel encourages us to look at humility as a good and gracious gift. That it is only in humbling ourselves that we can become the best version of ourselves.

Look, I’ll be super honest with you. Pride is my poison of choice. Every. Single. Time. Without fail, I try to make everyone believe that I have it all together. I have a wonderful husband. I have a beautiful home. I have a job. I almost have a masters. I have a beautiful Instagram feed. I have this beautiful blog.

Everything looks beautiful.

But I have really been trying lately to embrace the mess and the chaos of this period of my life, and to let everyone know that my life is NOT instagram perfect. That small moments of every day can certainly be picturesque, but that sometimes the overarching theme is that I am struggling.

I am in the trenches with you. I know the struggle. I know what it’s like to worry about what others think of you, and what others say of you, finding your worth in what the world says is important.

But I am also standing up against that. Repeating over and over: Lord I am a mess, I need you, and its okay.

Here’s the Litany of Humility if you’ve never encountered it before:

 

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the 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 …
From the 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…

 

(from EWTN)

 

Amen.

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