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A Great Man of Humility

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Saint Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274) was nothing if not humble.

That may sound strange when talking about the man known as the Common Doctor of Catholic theology, a man who wrote "proofs" for the existence of God and set out to write a summation of theology. And yet it was his humility that allowed him to be so great.

He was humble before God and the creations of God, humble before reality, accepting it for what it is, rather than for what he wanted it to be. That humility before the reality of things allowed him to see them clearly and know them deeply, a knowledge that could lead to the sort of love to which all Christians are called.

Eventually, that humility allowed him to cooperate with God's grace and reach such heights of mystical vision that he said, "I can do no more. Such secrets have been revealed to me that all I have written now appears to be of little value."

In an age of intellectual pride and great confusion of mind and heart, let us turn to St. Thomas Aquinas for his intercession, that we may grow in humility and purity all the days of our lives so as to join him with Jesus and all the hosts of heaven at the end of our lives.

Litany of Humility 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 ...

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

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Linda - Jan 28, 2015

Do you publish a prayer card printed with this Litany of Humility? It is most beautiful!

Editor - Jan 29, 2015

Hi Linda.
Unfortunately, we do not —  at least not at this point. It's a good idea, and we'll take it into consideration.
God bless!

maria - Jan 29, 2015

Amen! this prayer is so beautiful. It is also in the Pieta Prayer Book, www.mlor.com

Marie Bernadette - Jan 30, 2015

Yes, this Litany of Humility is very beautiful, i first read it perhaps at age 13, found it in the Pieta Booklet, then got scared to recite it because it seemed to me very difficult to live it, last year i got inspired to pray it again, of course after i got entangled with challenges of living out our Catholic faith and the call to practice and live out Mercy, after reading St Thomas Aquinas above, i like to imwgine that perhaps he was silently interceding for me andcall of us, thank you for sharing this beautiful article dear writer...

LORIE C WEEDEN - Jan 30, 2015

A blissful thanks for printing that Prayer of Humility, I hope we can purchase the Holy Card, Litany of Humility or Prayer for Humility.
St Thomas Aquinas is one of my favorite Saints, and love his writings.
Please give us the Prayer of Humility.

Thanks be to God in His merciful love,

Lorie C W

Ruby - Jan 31, 2015

a very deep meaningful prayer especially for the very ambitious youth of the present age

Ruby - Jan 31, 2015

a very deep meaningful prayer especially for the very ambitious youth of the present age