[my response in another thread about the nuns on EWTN reciting the rosary is being used here as a discussion starting point]
Sure, sure. You know those cloistered nuns—always looking for attention. :rolleyes:
Understand the rosary and you will understand it’s not vain repetition. The rosary is a meditation on the mysteries of Christ.
As we look at the passage of Mt 6, we see that He is talking about hypocrites—those who stand on street corners and babble their prayers over and over in order to be seen as pious.
Cloistered nuns glimpsed on television for the express purpose of leading others (mostly senior citizens and shut-ins) in prayer and meditation of Christ is about as far from vanity as one can get, friend.
It irks me when people use Mt 6 against the rosary. Actually reading the Word of God, as opposed to repeating the words “vain repetiton” seems the best remedy here.
Reading that particular passage puts me in mind of the televangelists and their all-too-public and babblingly-long prayers which are often supplemented with crocodile tears and false emotion.
The passage is not about being against structured prayer.
The passage is about being a hypocrite.
Read the passage and see that what is condemned is babbling, showy prayer paraded about only to impress others.
Ever notice that this passage is immediately followed by a structured prayer which we have been repeating now for 2000 years??? It’s called the Our Father.
For anyone who doubts God’s acceptance of repetition—try reading Psalm 136.