[Saint] Teresa did not favor the theories holding that, since liturgical prayer was the church’s prayer, it was sufficient to follow the rubrics and pronounce the [Latin] words.
If the nuns could not understand the words, they could try to be aware of whom they were speaking to and remain at the side of the Master. Then they would be combining mental prayer with their vocal liturgical prayers.
Kieran Kavanaugh, o.c.d.
Way of Perfection Study Edition, Chap. 24, Interpretive Note 4
Kavanaugh, K and Rodriguez, O 2000 The Way of Perfection: A Study Edition, ICS Publications, Washington DC.
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