From the desire to be honored... From the desire to be praised... From fear of being humiliated... From fear of being held in contempt... From fear of suffering rebukes... From fear of being slandered... From fear of being ignored... From fear of being insulted... From fear of being wronged...
From fear of being belittled...
Jesus, grant me the grace...
that others be admired more than I;
that others be praised and I unnoticed; that others be preferred to me in everything; that others be holier than I, provided I become as holy as I should;
that I might imitate the patience and obedience of Your mother, Mary.
Based on a prayer by Cardinal Merry del Val.
Humility in Scripture
Clothe yourselves... with humility toward one another, for "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble." Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you. (1 Pet 5:5, 6)
The greater you are, the more you must humble yourself; so you will find favor in the sight of the Lord. For great is the might of the Lord; he is glorified by the humble. (Sir. 3:18, 20)
He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Mt 23: 11, 12)
He has scattered the proud in their conceit; he has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly. (Lk 1:51, 52) (LOH)
Biblical quotes from RSV except where otherwise noted.