“Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble
When you’re perfect in every way
I can’t wait to look in the mirror
Cause I get better looking each day
To know me is to love me
I must be a hell of a man
Oh Lord It’s hard to be humble,
But I’m doing the best that I can”

I remember my dad singing this song as a kid. Of course it’s a humorous country song from the 70s, but there’s truth to it. Lord, it is hard to be humble.

Today, humility is almost treated as a second rate virtue. “Sure, you should be courageous and just, but humble? That’ll get you nowhere.”

Many today would argue humility is a form of weakness. But, the truth is – humility is the foundation for the other virtues.

Why? Because being humble means you have a proper perspective of yourself. Humility helps us see our lives as we fit into the bigger picture.

But getting back to the song, it’s hard, really freaking hard. To help us in our journey to embrace humility, and to help explain further what it means to be humble, check out the Litany of Humility below. This beautiful prayer reminds us of the challenges that come with humility and we can use it to ask God for the grace to persevere in this virtue.

 

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed… Deliver me, Jesus. (repeat after each line)
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 (repeat)
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…

Be the Men.

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