"Jesus, meek and humble of heart" Matthew 11:29
Jul 31, 2019
The above words mark the beginning of the Litany of Humility written by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val. In it he asks that God fill our hearts with humility. In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus invites us to learn from Him “for I am meek and humble of heart.”
Humility is like a golden thread that runs through all of Christ’s teachings. It is the most desired and most difficult virtue for us to really live in our daily lives. It is called “the king” of all virtues because it is the foundation upon which all the other virtues rest. If you have humility all the others will fall into place. Humility and holiness walk hand in hand.
The Litany of Humility makes us take a look at our fears and desires.
Here are a few examples……...the response is “deliver me Lord.”
From the fear of being humiliated……..deliver me Lord!
From the desire of being praised………..deliver me Lord!
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.
In his book Divine Intimacy, Fr. Gabriel says: “Many souls would like to be humble but few desire humiliation. Yet it is impossible to gain humility without humiliations; for just as studying is the way to acquire knowledge, so it is by the way of humiliation that we learn humility.”
The writer, Jessica Fahy , says that over the years praying the Litany of Humility she has seen enough hidden pride revealed to her that she has tacked on her own personal “add-ons.” She asks us “what area of self-love, vanity, or pride are you struggling with now?” She invites us to add our own “add-ons” to the Litany.
As St. James tells us, “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)
Blessings, Jeanne Leonardi