Monday, December 7, 2009

A Powerful Prayer...

I recently came across the following prayer by Charles de Foucauld. These words spoke deeply to my heart. I have commited to pray this prayer at least once a week.

Deliver me, Jesus from the desire to be praised,

honored, glorified, preferred, consulted, or approved.

Deliver me, Jesus, from the fear of being humiliated,

criticized, forgotten, ridiculed, maltreated, and

from the fear of what others will think.

O Jesus, give me the grace to desire: that others

would be loved and esteemed ahead of me,

that in the eyes of the world they would increase

while I decrease, and praised while I pass by

unnoticed; that others would be preferred in

all situations; that others would become more

than myself — in order that I would be as holy

as You want me to be. — Charles de Foucauld