Rafael Cardinal Merry de Val was a Cardinal under Pope Pious X (1865-1930) composed a beautiful prayer that was shared with me by a colleague a little over a month ago. She warned us while handing it out that the prayer can be very powerful and has a tendency to sneak up you. She was so right!
Last week, while our principal was away celebrating her honeymoon, there was a particular (minor) disciplinary instance that I initially felt left out of. I had been under the impression that I was to be consulted in such matters. As I began to feel left out and disheartened, I felt a small nudge in my heart.
"From the desire of being consulted..."
As I have led the Prayer of Humility for the past two weeks, different lines have stood out to me and stayed with me. Instead of flinching when I feel left out, I am reminded that I want others to be preferred to me in everything. When my son reaches for another adult, I remember that I want others to be loved more than me. Praise is given to another for something I have also done... Jesus deliver me from the desire of being praised.
I can humbly say that I am not good at humility. But I also believe that Jesus will deliver me and provide me with the grace that I need so that I can become as holy as I should. I had no idea what I was really praying for. However, as time as gone by, I'm beginning to just barely understand the humility and service Jesus calls us to. Try incorporating this litany into your life, maybe for the upcoming Advent season? You'll be surprised by how powerful such a simple prayer can be.