We started having that list of intentions at Mass right from the start when the Mass went from Latin to English.
I was in high school, and the intentions were written up by the student who was reading them. There was no prior approval or editing.
Back then, we prayed all the time for the end of the war in Viet Nam.
I haven’t studied the development of these over the years. But, I guess I’m referring a lot ot the “prayers of the faithful” on EWTN. There’s so much heavy-handed political correctness, starting at the top, praying for the pope, the bishops, blah blah blah, Mother Angelica, and then MAYBE there pops up a prayer intention for someone who is ill, and once in a great while, they pray for the benefactors of EWTN.
It really has become ritualized, and I don’t think it was intended to be like that.
We probably should list individually or collectively all those in the parish who are sick, those who are suffering in some way, and perhaps even mention specific and individual prayer requests.
I’m referring to the subject in general, with the emphasis on prayer for Mother Angelica as an example of these intentions gone to their worst extreme, as if there weren’t other people in critical condition or extremely dire emergency situations, who did not need prayer more than her.
the more I think about Mother Angelica, the more it confuses me. I don’t know of anybody in America who has had more prayers offered for them, than her. Is there such a thing as praying for someone too much? Is it disrespectful to God, to keep praying for Mother Angelica’s recovery, when God has apparently answered that request a long time ago? that God’s will has already plainly been revealed, i.e. that she is not going to recover?
I mean, there are people in Africa dying in droves from famine, military oppression, religious persecution, any number of diseases, etc. And, these are seldom if ever mentioned.