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40 Day Spiritual Journey – April 2
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Day 2

Monday, April 2

Scripture for the Day: Colossians 3 

Humility opposes self-centered desire.  It is impossible to maintain both of these attitudes simultaneously.  James asks, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?”  Paul reminds the Philippians, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves”.

We are simply not capable of submitting ourselves to another if we seek only our selfish desires.  Praise God that the alternative is also true!  We are not capable of maintaining our selfish desires if we have submitted ourselves in true humility, either to one another or to our God.

Paul proceeds by clarifying where we can see an example of this.  We are to “have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!”

Let us remember and imitate his model of humility during Lent and always.

Christopher Bailey, Teacher Education Department Administrative Assistant

Prayer

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.

–Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930)