I have just started the 33-day preparation for Total Consecration to Mary as prescribed by St. Louis de Montfort. I’m all the way to day 2 today. The observation today was to ensure that we give our alms in secret and to pray in secret (not being that guy that beats his chest on the street corner).
The timing is interesting because only yesterday, I sent a note to a number of family members asking them to join me in the Divine Mercy Novena for the intentions of a different family member’s health.
Given that we are directed to pray in secret - where does this cross the line? Under what circumstances does this become sinful?
I’m aware that it can’t be so strict because it is very common to pray in public (like during Mass). I guess my question really is, “Where does the public nature of the prayer become sinful??”
I suppose that this might be a question of “what’s in a person’s heart” at the time of the action.
I’m interested to hear what my fellow posters have to say.