In reciting the divine Office we must take care that our affections accompany the sentiments contained in what we read. It is necessary, says St. Augustine: “We must pray when the Psalmist prays, sigh when he sighs, hope when he hopes.”
St Alphonsus de Liguori (2009-05-30). Dignity and Duties of the Priest, or Selva by St Alphonsus de Liguori (Kindle Locations 6246-6248). St Athanasius Press. Kindle Edition.