I voted yes. After I voted, I realized I should have voted “sometimes”. I’m certainly not the best at praying for everyone as I should. Truth be told, I’m not good in the prayer department at all (for myself or others).
I said “sometimes” because I am forgetful. I try to cover it, though, with my nightly prayer. I pray for those I remember to, and follow that with, “Bless and protect and be with those I forgot to pray for, and if it be the Divine will, grant their requests.”
Sometimes I ask the Lord to bless the people as they go up for Communion, but I usually pray for the Church in my private prayers, so I guess I do, in a way. We also have a “prayer wall” in our vestibule and I will stop and pray for whatever requests are made, and we have a prayer list in our bulletin (usually sick people), and I say a quick prayer for the people on the list when I read the bulletin.
I bet that if you considered all the things in your parish like the ones I listed above that our parish does, you would find that you actually do pray for your brothers and sisters more than you think you do. And how many times do people mention to you that they or someone is ill, or doesn’t have a job, or other things, and you automatically say “I’ll say a prayer for you or them.” People do this all the time, and I bet you do too. You are probably praying more than you realize.
Because I haven’t been (prayng for my brothers and sisters).
This past Sunday after we recited the Confiteor, and were responding to “Lord, have mercy…Christ have mercy…Lord have mercy,” I was adding mentally, “…on my brothers and sisters gathered here with me.”
I voted that I had never thought about it before. To be honest I thought about my brothers and sisters in a prayerful way when they were mentioned during mass, but I never actually stopped to say a conscious prayer. I will start doing that now!