“Deliver Me, O Jesus”

“Deliver me, O Jesus:

From the desire of being esteemed

From the desire of being loved

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 desire of being popular.

Deliver me, O Jesus:

From the fear of being humiliated

From the fear of being despised

From the fear of being rebuked

From the fear of being slandered

From the fear of being forgotten

From the fear of being wronged

From the fear of being treated unfairly

From the fear of being suspected

And, Jesus, grant me the grace

To desire that others might be more loved than I

That others might be more esteemed than I

That in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I decrease

That others may be chosen and I set aside

That others may be preferred to me in everything

That others may become holier than I, provided that I, too, become as holy as I can.”

(Mother Theresa, A Simple Path)

Notice the first two paragraphs as she is asking to be delivered, she repeatedly uses the words “desire” and “fear“. These two feelings and emotions are probably two of the strongest we, as humans experience and face on a daily basis. We all fear something and we all crave something. I know that I, in my human-ness fear many things such as rejection, disappointing someone or not measuring up to expectations. I desire to be noticed. I secretly desire for my efforts to be praised and I desire to be loved and accepted. I believe we all face and have come to grips with every single one of these desires and fears and obviously even Mother Theresa had. That is why she prayed, “Deliver me- rid me of these desires and fears and grant me the grace to desire that OTHERS be more loved than I and more esteemed than I…etc.” How I desire to reflect this. It’s very easy to pray a prayer similar to this or to post it as inspiration for yourself and others but may it not just be inspiration. All too often I am inspired by something or someone and I leave it at that. May I become influenced and affected to alter my persona and character to reflect what it is that had the power of moving my intellect and emotions.

Deliver me, O Jesus and humble me.

-ar

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