“Be Careful What You Pray For..”

…But then pray for it anyway. :)

People always sort of jokingly say to be careful what you pray for, especially when talking about prayers for things like patience or humility.  As we know from experience, often God doesn’t simply grant you a totally humble heart.  Rather, you’re given opportunities to practice humility.  In other words: You’re humiliated.  Yay!

So just incase you’re like me, and hear in this warning an excuse to not pray for humility, I remind you of what the Catechism says:

2559 “Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God.” But when we pray, do we speak from the height of our pride and will, or “out of the depths” of a humble and contrite heart? He who humbles himself will be exalted; humility is the foundation of prayer, Only when we humbly acknowledge that “we do not know how to pray as we ought,” are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer.

If we’re not humble, we can’t pray.  If we can’t pray, well then we’re in some serious trouble.  So let’s be so bold as to pray for humility, accepting whatever the consequences may be.

Litany of Humility:

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…