Litany of Humility

Composed by Cardinal Marry Del Val,
the saintly Secretary of State to Pope St. Pius X
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O Jesus! Meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
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From the desire of being esteemed,
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DELIVER ME DEAR JESUS.
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From the desire of being loved . . .
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From the desire of being extolled . . .
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From the desire of being honored . . .
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From the desire of being praised . . .
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From the desire of being preferred . . .
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From the desire of being consulted . . .
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From the desire of being approved . . .
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From the fear of being humiliated . . .
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From the fear of being despised . . .
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From the fear of suffering rebukes . . .
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From the fear of being calumniated . . .
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From the fear of being forgotten . . .
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From the fear of being ridiculed . . .
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From the fear of being wronged . . .
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From the fear of being suspected . . .
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That others may be loved more than I,
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Jesus grant me the grace to desire it.
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That others may be esteemed more than I,
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Jesus grant me the grace to desire it.
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That in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease,
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Jesus grant me the grace to desire it.
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That others may be chosen and I set aside,
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Jesus grant me the grace to desire it.
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That others may be praised and I unnoticed,
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Jesus grant me the grace to desire it.
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That others may be preferred to me in everything,
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Jesus grant me the grace to desire it.
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That others become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should,
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Jesus grant me the grace to desire it.

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