7) Pray in words, mind, and heart
The words accompany, the mind opens, but it is the heart that has the leading role in prayer. All the great spiritual authors agree that inner prayer is about dwelling in the affections, that is, the inner sentiments and movements. Teresa of Avila says very simply: Don’t think a lot, love a lot! An elderly lady was ruefully complaining to me that she could not reflect while praying her daily Rosary and that in that situation she could barely say Jesus, Mary, I love you! I congratulated the lady. That is exactly what praying the Rosary ought to lead us to.
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