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  • Christopher Schaefer posted an update in the group Group logo of Faith of Our FathersFaith of Our Fathers 1 month, 1 week ago

    “Protestants sometimes charge Catholics with “vain repetition” in praying the Rosary. This is a reference to Matthew 6:7, where Jesus instructs, “When you pray to not babble with vain repetition as the pagans do.” Sure, when we pray the Rosary there is a lot of repetition. The problem is not repetition but vain repetition. If repetition were the problem Jesus would be have an “Um what about…” moment with Psalm 136 in which every verse ends with “for his mercy endures forever.” No there’s not a problem with repetition was such, but with vain repetition. So what is “vain repetition?”… Vain repetition is repetition without any foundation in meaning or purpose. That’s what Jesus means in the second half of Matthew 6:7 when he says, “They think they are heard because of their many words.”… The Eastern repetitious prayer has the intention and purpose of helping the devotee empty their mind… The Rosary is not an emptying out but a filling up. It is not a forgetting but a remembering…instead of doing so with a meaningless word or phrase it depends on the…Hail Mary…”