Saturday, March 13, 2010

Praying for Virtue

How often do we ask for virtue when we pray? Virtue is not something that we possess; it is really only borrowed.

St. Therese’s Prayer to Obtain Humility

“O Lord, You could not humble Yourself any more in order to teach me humility. That is why I want to respond to your love by putting myself in the lowest place and by sharing Your humiliations, so as to be able to share the kingdom of heaven with You hereafter. I beg You, divine Jesus, send me a humiliation every time I try to put myself above others. But Lord, You know my weakness; every morning I make resolution to practice humility and every evening I acknowledge that I still have many failures. I am tempted to be discouraged by this, but I know that discouragement also has its source in pride. That is why I prefer to put my trust in You alone, O my God. Since You are all–powerful, deign to create in my soul the virtue for which I long.”

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this prayer. Very beautiful.

    We must pray for humility, to be humble as Our Lord.