Monthly Archives: November 2018

Real Humility Is The Hardest Thing

The Litany of Humility cannot help but to offend our 21st century American sensibilities, and that is precisely why we should wrestle with it at least a little. Even if hyperbole, it gives pause, it sucks the oxygen out of the room and makes us uncomfortable, and we realize how centered we are on self. It was written by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930), Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius X. 

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,
Deliver me, Jesus.

That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. (repeat after each following line)
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, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

 

Are You Worried That You’re Not Worried

What are you afraid of?

Most have a fear, phobia or neurosis: spiders, snakes, heights, tight spaces, going broke;

What are you worried about? It’s a slightly different question: Finances, health, unemployment , situations, relationships, it can be endless. So what’s the problem with worry? Let’s define.

Worry: “to fret, be anxious, overwhelmed, even paralyzed”

Wyrgan: Old English “to strangle”

Merizo: Greek “to be drawn different directions, divided, distracted”

So, paralyzed, strangled, drawn and quartered pretty much sums it up.

You are probably neck-deep into worry if it’s the first thing you think about in the morning and the last thing you think about at night, when it’s your constant topic, and when you’re wide awake at 4am, and when you’re not thinking about it… you’re worried that you’re worried… or worried that you’re not worried.

What we worry about can be, or become a little false god or idol in our life.  Jesus said “No one can serve two masters” False god’s love for you to worry. Father-God does not.

One of the biggest challenges in the life of a disciple is the willingness to develop trust, reliance, and dependence on God. This is our primary aim and goal, yet it is an uncomfortable one at times. He truly doesn’t want us to worry but to live life to the full! Instead of any false god that ultimately cannot deliver and cannot satisfy, He wants us to “Seek first the kingdom of God”. If…

“WORRY is an indication that we think God cannot look after us…”

~ Oswald Chambers

and if…

“No Grand Inquisitor has in readiness such terrible tortures as anxiety…”

~ Soren Kierkegaard

Then Jesus instructed us not to worry because He has more for us than that. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (Matthew 6:33 nlt)