In his 2002 Apostolic Letter, Rosarium Virginis Mariae (On the Most Holy Rosary), Pope John Paul II said:
- The Rosary, precisely because it starts with Mary’s own experience, is an exquisitely contemplative prayer . Without this contemplative dimension, it would lose its meaning, as Pope Paul VI clearly pointed out: “Without contemplation, the Rosary is a body without a soul, and its recitation runs the risk of becoming a mechanical repetition of formulas, in violation of the admonition of Christ: ‘In praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think they will be heard for their many words’ (Mt 6:7). By its nature the recitation of the Rosary calls for a quiet rhythm and a lingering pace, helping the individual to meditate on the mysteries of the Lord’s life as seen through the eyes of her who was closest to the Lord. In this way the unfathomable riches of these mysteries are disclosed”. (source)
How does one keep the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet from becoming, what those saintly popes refer to as, “a mechanical repetition of formulas, in violation of the admonition of Christ”? Unlike the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet seems to lack a defined contemplative element and without that, it would seem, there is even a greater risk of violating the admonition of Christ when praying the Chaplet. Are we suppose to be meditating on something in particular while praying the Chaplet, such as the passion of Christ, or are we suppose to only concentrate on every word of the prayers themselves?
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