“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Luke 9:46,47a,48b

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TODAY’S WORD…

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An argument arose among them (the disciples) as to which one of them was the greatest.

But Jesus, aware of their inner thoughts, said to them,

“…the least among all of you is the greatest.”

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– Luke 9:46,47a,48b

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REFLECTION…

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We don’t change, do we?

Misguided ambition and pride are such vicious afflictions,

which can attack us even when we are close to the Lord

– in His actual presence even, like His disciples were!

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Humility, on the other hand, is a blessing which takes over

only when I put Christ at the centre of my life;

when I place my full trust in Him;

when I accept that all that I am and all that I have, comes from God;

when I constantly seek His help to make me meek and humble of heart.

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Indeed it was also Jesus who exclaimed that

“all who exalt themselves will be humbled,

and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” [Lk 14:11]

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THE LITANY OF HUMILITY…

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O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, hear me.

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From the desire of being esteemed, deliver me Jesus.

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.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;

from the desire of being consulted;
from the desire of being approved.

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From the fear of being humiliated, deliver me Jesus.

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Deliver me Jesus…

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.

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That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

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Jesus, grant me the grace to desire…

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 become holier than I, provided that I may became as holy as I should.

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Amen
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[from The Litany of Humility, by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930)]

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