Is reading prayer (and meaning it) just as effective as when you memorize it?

If you read prayers and sincerely *mean *the words you are reading, does it count? Like reading a prayer word for word in a prayer book, and truly meaning it as you’re saying it. Are prayers more effective when they’re memorized then when they’re read? I’d usually think not, but just making sure.

Dear PMV,

Since prayer is the uniting of one’s heart and mind with God, how one does this is really secondary. Whatever works! The Catholic Church has a great array of prayer forms. But each of them is only valuable to the extent that it enables one to be united with God. So if reading prayers accomplishes this for you, read on—alleluia!

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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