is any thought that, during prayer, enters our mind to turn our thoughts and
hearts from God and from the sacred duty we are performing."
which we often have at prayer do not deprive our prayers of all merit, because
they are not willful when we try to keep them away, for God rewards our good
intentions and the efforts we make to pray well."
with willful distraction are of no avail because they are mere words, such as a
machine might utter, and since there is no lifting up of the mind or heart with
them they cannot be prayer."
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