Act of Humility
from the Small Roman Missal
O GOD of sanctity! Who am I, that Thou shouldst come to me?
“The heavens are not pure in Thy sight,” and wilt Thou dwell in my heart?
“Lord! I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof.”
The consciousness of my unworthiness would prompt me to exclaim: “Depart from me, O Lord! For I am a sinner.”
But oh, the wonderful condescension of Thy love! Thy pressing invitation encourages me, and dispels my fears.
“Here I am, for Thou didst call me.” Come then, O Jesus! Take possession of a heart that wishes to belong to Thee.
“Behold! They that go far from Thee shall perish.
“But, O my God! this house of my heart is too narrow for Thee: do Thou enlarge it;
it is falling to ruin; do Thou repair it;
it has been defiled by sin: do Thou cleanse and purify it.
Look Thou upon me, and have mercy on me. Oh, heal my soul, for I have sinned against Thee! Let Thy tender mercies come unto me, and I shall live!
Lord! I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof;
say but the word,
and my soul shall be healed.