Bishop Robert Barron (Word on Fire Ministries) this week recommended the Litany of Humility for our prayer during this surreal time of fasting and prayer. Then a friend from my Exodus 90 Prayer Group also recommended it. I took that as a sign that it needs to be shared, so I am sharing it with you. The Litany was first prayed by Saint Benedict, the father of Monasticism, in the sixth century. It is especially appropriate to pray it during Holy Week and during our extended fast from the Eucharist.
True humility opens us to deeper intimacy with the Lord; but it is difficult because it confronts everything in our world that would distract us from our true life in Christ. The virtue of humility is a beautiful embrace of who I REALLY am, even my root sins and weaknesses, trusting that God loves me exactly as I am. God actually seeks intimacy with who I really am, so shedding all the fear, all the pretending, all the striving, frees me to become the beloved child of God that was called to life out of the very heart of God.
Much easier said than done.
This video of the Litany of Humility is particularly poignant for Holy Week. It includes images from the Passion of Christ (perhaps not appropriate for young children). I commend it to you as another window into the holy which is being revealed all around us and deep within us as continue this journey together.
We will offer a private Mass on Palm Sunday which will be live-streamed at 11:00 am Sunday on our FaceBook page and then posted soon after to our website. The blessed palms will be placed in the vestibule of Church when you visit to pray.
We will also continue our Eucharistic Procession on Sunday morning at 9:00. We will start in the Grotto and travel north on Adkins, east on Taft, south on Ray, east on Itaska, north on Steffens, east on Neosho, south on Leona, east on Itaska, south on Gerritt, and west on Delor to the Grotto.
As we celebrate the Passion of our Lord, let us be mindful of all our brothers and sisters who have already joined their suffering to the suffering of Christ, especially those diagnosed with Covid-19. Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.