Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Meditation, Prayer, and the Particular Examen, 8/14

Vocal Prayer *

...It would be well to join, to a certain extent, mental prayer with our vocal prayers, for the merit of the latter would be thereby greatly increased. We may do so in this wise. During the recitation of our vocal prayers we pause at short intervals to reflect either on their meaning or on some supernatural truth; or, without at all pausing, we reflect thereon while actually pronouncing the prayers with our lips. The rosary is the most com¬mon and readily understood example of this manner of praying. While we are reciting the Our Father and the Hail Marys of each decade of the rosary, we meditate or reflect on some mystery connected with the life of Jesus Christ or of His blessed Mother.

It is also useful, in using the prayers of our prayer book, to read them slowly and deliberately, making in the meantime practical reflections on their contents, or pausing from time to time to meditate a little and apply the words of the prayers to our own wants. If we accus¬tom ourselves to recite our vocal prayers in this way, we shall not only make them our own and pray well, but we shall also gradually acquire the habit of making mental prayer, which tends to unite .us more closely to God, and, through the practical imitation of our divine Saviour's virtues, to render us conformable to Him.

* From Father Girardey's "Instructions on Prayer”

(continued tomorrow)

From "Prayer-Book for Religious"
by Rev. F.X. Lasance
Copyright 1904, 1914

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