Don't let Lent take you by surprise

WE are exactly three weeks away from the season of Lent.

Let that sink in.

 

We are three weeks away from a time of purging, a time of stripping away what is burdening us, a time of reliance on our Lord through the desert; a time of patient hope for a bright Easter season. 

Too many times I feel like Lent sneaks up on me. Suddenly, it's Mardi Gras, the next day, I wind up with Ashes on my forehead, and the next 40 days are a whirlwind of wishing I had planned my own sacrifice better. Don't get me wrong, Lent is always fruitful, but I can't help wondering if I'm doing it wrong. 

This year is different. 

I've been drawn to pray the Litany of Humility yet again. This is a prayer of knowing ones self, eliminating our selfish desires, and all the while bringing ourselves out of a mentality of self loathing. It is a chance to become more the person God designed you to be, specifically. My goal this Lenten season is to pray the Litany of Humility daily and meditate on the sentences that are especially painful or difficult to say honestly. 

If you too struggle with Lent, consider praying this Litany along with me. I'm posting the prayer below for easy access. Feel free to bookmark this page so you can join me in this prayer daily. 

Litany of Humility

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. (Say this line after each of the below)

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. (Now, say this line after the below)

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…

 

Praise God for the wisdom of the Liturgical Seasons. May you have a fruitful Lent and an even more joyful Easter!

 

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