"From the fear of being forgotten, deliver me Jesus"
Who else wants to be remembered? To leave a mark on the people around you, I know I want that. I would like to think that the work I do would be cherished by those who come after me. However, this line of the Litany of Humility tells us we ought to think differently. Unfortunately, it is not easy! Most times when I hear stories of people praying this litany, they end in broken noses or falling down stairs. So, you know, not the most appealing prayer to adopt. I thought "I'm humble enough. I'm not super prideful" Which, may be true, but why is "super prideful" the only benchmark i use for myself? Someone once told me that humility is seeing yourself in the eyes of God, no more, no less" Isn't that the balance we should strive for? We must not think less of ourselves to be humble. We are GREAT! The Lord created us that way! But so is everyone else around you, so we ought to recognize that Then I took the plunge, I decided this would be the time I would pray the Litany of Humility and MEAN it. Regardless of what means the Lord would use to humble me, falling on my face and all. I started reading it, the first line struck me, "Jesus! meek and humble of heart, hear me." Then a line a few down, from the desire of being praised, deliver me Jesus" As i continued to read through the Litany, line after line, I was taken back, each line resonating so deeply in my heart. I need to be humbled, not to put myself down by thinking "I am awful, unworthy, dirty, etc" to be humbled is to see the beauty in myself, and others in the same light. When Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, He was not taking away His own dignity or worth, but humbling Himself in service and love of His friends.
So I challenge all of us, let us embrace the call of our Baptism-to be children of the Lord, in loving community with all our brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us pray together the Litany of Humility...
O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me. From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus. (repeat after each line) 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. (repeat after each line) 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, dit.