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ASPIRATION

Short formalized prayer of about a dozen words. It is expressed in choice language, sometimes poetic, its purpose being to help one maintain a spirit of recollection in God's presence during the day. Such prayers are generally indulgenced by the Church. (Etym. Latin aspirare, literally, to breathe upon.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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