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December 11, 2007



This reminds me of the blue Pieta prayer book. It always makes me smile for on one hand it shows how loving, generous, indulgent, and merciful God is, and how assured a person can be for spiritual holiness and personally happiness. On the other it shows how formulaic or superstitious the Church is falsely painted to be.


Tim J.,

Great post!

"The big trick with praying, no matter how you go about it, is to mean what you say."

I believe this is the best point in the post.

But about reciting written prayers though, just to touch on this point with those who may disagree; this can be as valid as spontaneous prayer, as Tim J. alluded to above.

For example, I find myself reciting the Psalms for the very fact that it often conveys what and how I feel towards the Lord at that very moment.

Just like a poem that somebody dedicates to another person; although they may have not written it, the words are so meaningful that it precisely captures what that person wants to say to the other, and so they dedicate it to that person.

Sometimes, plain words are not enough that silence itself becomes a sort of prayer to our Lord.

This reminds me of the verse:

Rom 8:26:
26 Likewise, the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity. For, we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit himself asketh for us with unspeakable groanings

All in all, I agree with your equally important point though --

There is that pride that all Christians may need to be wary of in their respective devotions to the Lord be they Protestant or Catholic.

Tim J.

I have benefited a great deal from prayer books and meditations. What I have found is that even my inmost desires and most profound thoughts have been long ago explored and expressed better by some saint or other.

As often as not, I'll find them connecting dots and exploring heights and depths that never occurred to me.


I've noticed something about people who accuse Catholics of vainly repeating the our memorized prayers.

The same people seem very excited about singing the same old choruses every Sunday at their church.

Apparently, it's not "vain repetition" as long as the prayer is set to music!

The Aesthetic Elevator

You've explained very clearly here what I just tried to do in the previous post (this is a much better explanation of my own thoughts however!).

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