Deliver me, Jesus!

Today while I was at adoration I was reading a part of a book which is a series of conversations that a woman named Anne had with the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. In it He gives her directions on how to live and what he wants from His children. The page I opened up to today made me think a lot about how I live my life, and so I thought I’d share. He said this:

“My children, would you like to know how to please Me? Would you like to know what consoles Me and comforts Me in the face of widespread disobedience and hatred? Humility comforts Me. Humility consoles Me. Truly, the humility of My chosen souls softens My heart and deflects punishment from a cold world, undeserving of the mercy of its God. My children, the closer you come to Me, the more you recognize My goodness. Your intellect will automatically compare your holiness to My perfection and the result is humility. This is good. Do not fear the knowledge that you are imperfect and must improve.”

Personally humility has always been something I struggle with. It is so easy to become prideful; we crave to always be praised and loved for everything we do. I think this reflection that Jesus gave us is a really important reminder at how He desires for us to remain humble. Compared to his perfection we are so small, and when we realize that, that is what humility truly is. We can’t be afraid of the fact that we are imperfect.

Another thing I wanted to share with you is a prayer called the “Litany of Humility.” I challenge you to recite this every morning and ask Our God to deliver us from all of our desires to be loved and praised.

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.

I love you guys!

Clare

“He must increase, but I must decrease” John 3:30

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