According to St. Josemaria Escriva, If You Do These 17 Things You Probably Need to Work on Humility

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I’ve been trying to go to Confession more regularly because I have been so encouraged by some of the articles we have posted here on Catholic-Link. (Find them here!) One of the many benefits of going more often has been that I’ve been able to see a pattern in the sins that I’m confessing.

What I’ve discovered is that almost all of my sins are stemming from the root sin of pride. I know that I’m not alone in this struggle, after all, wasn’t the Original Sin of Adam and Eve a result of pride?


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In order to overcome my own pride, I’ve been doing some research, reading, and praying. One of the most helpful tools that I’ve come across is this checklist from St. Josemaria Escriva for those who struggle with a lack of humility. If you’ve mastered all of these, please give me your advice!

17 Signs of Lack of Humility Josemaria Escriva Quotes


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If you need to work on a few of the things that St.Josemaria Escriva listed, spend time praying the Litany of Humility.


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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…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.

Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930), Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius X, found at EWTN

Additional Resources on Humility

Reflection on the Litany of Humility

A Catholic Girl’s Litany of Humility

Discerning Hearts Audio Litany of Humility

 

 

 

 

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Becky Roach lives in Ohio with her husband and five children. When not doing laundry or making memories with her kids, Becky enjoys diet coke and date nights with her husband.

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