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Another quick question...
Is it a sin if i Prayed the Little Office Hours not from the heart, but just kind of said them? Also, must i Pray all the Hours to fulfill the requirement for wearing a Scapular? I have not been invested so have not asked a Priest for permission to pray the Most Holy Rosary as a substitute.
You may want to ask the priest to invest you in the Scapular using the proper Rite from the Book of Blessings :) Usually these ceremonies are held on July 16, but I understand a priest can do it privately (not that I've ever asked, though).
The Rosary is a private prayer, while the Liturgy of the Hours (and, I believe, the Little Office) is a public prayer:
The classification of private and public prayer is made to denote distinction between the prayer of the individual, whether in or out of the presence of others, for his or for others needs, and all prayer offered officially or liturgically whether in public or in secret ...] All the liturgical prayers of the Church are public ...] Special times are appointed for them: the hours for the various parts of the daily Office ...]
So one can pray the Rosary at any time, but the Office at given times.
As for the Little Office, as it is the case for the Liturgy of the Hours (previously Divine Office) lay faithful pray it according to their state of life - that is, if you are busy at noon, you won't pray the Midday Daytime Prayer, and nothing happens, but if you have some time at 3 pm you may pray the Midafternoon Daytime Prayer, etc. In short, sanctify the hours according to your state of life, making sure you don't place devotion over duty :) We are following the ways of Our Lady, who did everything right, and she would not leave an important task or duty aside to pray, but, rather, turn that very work into a prayer :)
All prayer must come from the heart. Prayer itself is a supernatural act. If you are just reading the words, that is not called praying. It is as if I approach you, take out a piece of paper, and start reading off "how have you been, I am glad to see you" etc. instead of smiling and talking to you.
That's the secret of devout prayer: find God in His favorite dwelling place, that is, within your heart, by becoming recollected. Then you will acknowledge the presence of God (a motion of the soul that echoes Jacob's words, "Truly, God was in this place, and I did not know!") and the seraphic fire of love will be kindled in your heart. At this very moment you will be aware that He is looking at you, that He is well pleased and happy that you are about to talk to Him, because He truly loves you...and then it will be most spontaneous for the soul to react like the Bride of the Canticle of Canticles:
I found the one my heart loves.
I held him and would not let him go ...]
I belong to my Beloved
and He belongs to me!
Then, if your heart is not caught in contemplation, you may pray :) I am sure it will be very difficult to just say the words...even the commas and pauses will come from the depths of the heart!