I am a Catholic, have been all my life and will never ever change.
However, I have been a bit apart from God as of late, and today after praying the rosary, I asked myself, “Why do we tell people to pray an “our father”, or a “hail mary”, for our intentions?”
For example, when your friend tells you “pray a hail mary for me”. Why do we have to pray a hail mary? Why not just pray to God for that person? Why a hail mary, or our father or whatever formal prayer? Why dont we just say “God I hope you help my friend with his test, etc…”
i hope someone understands my question!!