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Litany of Humility

This is a litany of humility that can be found online at I researched the statements in the litany, and provided supporting scripture to test the scriptural accuracy.

Supporting Scriptures
O Jesus meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

From the desire of being esteemed,
"I will be more lightly esteemed than this and will be humble in my own eyes, but with the maids of whom you have spoken, with them I will be distinguished."
From the desire of being loved,
[Love] is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
From the desire of being extolled,
"He must increase, but I must decrease.”
From the desire of being honored,
Whoever honors himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be honored.
From the desire of being praised,
So whenever you give to the poor, don't blow a trumpet before you like the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets so that they will be praised by people. I tell you with certainty, they have their full reward!
From the desire of being preferred to others,
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
From the desire of being consulted,
If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
From the desire of being approved,
God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being humiliated,
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death--even death on a cross!
From the fear of being despised,
But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not despised save in his own country, and among his kinsmen, and in his own house.
From the fear of suffering rebukes,
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent.
From the fear of being calumniated, (slandered)
A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.  It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
We appeal gently when evil things are said about us. Yet we are treated like the world's garbage, like everybody's trash--right up to the present moment.
From the fear of being forgotten,
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
From the fear of being ridiculed,
The crowd laughed at him. But he made them all leave, and he took the girl's father and mother and his three disciples into the room where the girl was lying.
"Hail! King of the Jews!" they mocked, as they slapped him across the face.
From the fear of being wronged,
A servant of the Lord must not argue. Instead, he must be kind to everyone, teachable, willing to suffer wrong,
From the fear of being suspected,
Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.
Deliver me, Jesus.

That others may be loved more than I,
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
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 become as holy as I should,

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. Amen.

I keep thinking
How awesome it would be
To lay down all this baggage
Drive away from it
And live free.

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