deliver me

Deliver me, Jesus, from the desire to be praised, honored, glorified, preferred, wanted, consulted or approved. Deliver me, Jesus, from the fear of being humiliated, rejected and from the fear of what others will think of me. O Jesus, give the grace to desire: that others would be loved and esteemed and encouraged and lifted up 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 important than myself-in order that I would be as holy a servant You are and want me to be.

— Charles de Foucauld

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