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Ordering Devotions

Father Guibert offers advice on how to prioritize religious devotions. He writes: “It is important to bring to a certain order and to give the first place to those that bring us most directly into communion with God.” 392 more words

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Religious Objects and Devotions

Father Guibert explains that a suitable religious object is a sign that strikes one’s sense-perception and awakens one’s memory. For example: “Here is a heart printed on a piece of cloth; in itself, it is but a remnant which may be crumpled and cast aside; but every time I look at it, it reminds me of my Master’s Heart, and of the love He showed in dying for me.” 350 more words

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How to Pray Vocally

Father Guibert notes: “If formularies are profitable to us in proportion to the way in which they awaken interior prayer within us, it follows that the repetition of them must not be mechanical and lacking in attention. 389 more words

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Choosing a Vocal Prayer

Father Guibert gives advice on choosing a suitable vocal prayer. He writes: “Amidst the innumerable forms of prayer that are presented to us, a choice has to be made, for they are not all of equal merit, and, moreover, our piety itself requires us to avoid an embarrassing multiplicity.” 377 more words

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How Vocal Prayer Cures

Father Guibert explains how vocal prayer helps cure a distaste for prayer. He writes: “To begin with, vocal prayer is an activity that stirs the whole man and awakens him inwardly from slumber, for the effort made to go on praying just the same only reaches the lips after having aroused the will. 376 more words

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The Importance of Vocal Prayer

Having discussed the importance of mental prayer, Father Guibert then moves on to the subject of vocal prayer. He writes: “True prayer is assuredly that which comes from the soul, and not that which is uttered by the lips. 314 more words

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Successful Mental Prayer

Father Guibert writes: “Mental prayer presupposes much liberty and activity in those who practise it. . . . Activity is maintained by struggles against idleness or distaste. 382 more words

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