Just Keep Going

 

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We all get cut back a bit through life, sometimes a little more like a prune than a pinch.

I often find the greatest truths in the simplest garden lessons.

The begonia is an amazing plant…it just keeps going along and blooming, and when cut back, it starts up again.

~ Gladys Taber

The Angel Wing begonias are a lesson in humility. They too start up again when cut back and hide their beauty beneath their wings.

Image by Heidel Bergerin at pixabay.com.

 

 

Quote 9/3; A Prayer of Humility

A beloved friend, Pat Gohn, who produces the podcast Among Women, suggested  Audrey Assad’s new CD Fortunate Fall. Pat’s recommendation couldn’t have come at a better time–I needed to hear Audrey’s music, especially track #6, I shall Not Want. That composition comes from the Litany of Humility,  a prayer I cling to.

 

Litany of Humility

Written by 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.

From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, Jesus.

 

That others may be loved more than I,

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I,

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That, in the opinion of the world, others may, increase

and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be chosen and I set aside,

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be praised and I unnoticed,

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be preferred to me in everything,

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may become holier than I,

provided that I may become as holy as I should,

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

May we all return to the peace of deliverance.

 

Quote, 8/27, Equus Passage

A sweet little prayer, this comes from the Roman Breviary.  It is one of those shooter-prayers that I carry in my heart and offer for those encountered throughout my day…and God knows, you may have been one of them.

I hope you’ll memorize it, too, and pray it often.

 

May it please you Oh Lord,

to reward with eternal life

all those who do good to us for your name sake.

Amen.

 

 

Quote, Equus Passage 8/20

These past two weeks have been filled with joy, and some powerful sufferings. In the past three days alone I have come to know of a friend facing infertility, another’s crippling physical pain, and a woman with emotional challenges so deep that I fear for  her soul.

We all face suffering–physical,  emotional, or spiritual. It is always personal…even when we anguish over the sufferings of another. And it always changes us.

As Blessed Pope John Paul II wrote in his  Apostolic Letter Salvifici Doloris, 2/11/84:

It is suffering, more than anything else,

which clears the way for the grace which transforms human souls.