I know how to do it, in terms of the mechanics. I am more interested in the inward parts.
If Father gives me a penance to say a decade for a specific person or set of persons, how do I do that?
I mean, do I keep a corner of my mind reserved to think on that person as I am reciting the prayers? That is not hard to do as I find that there are two layers of minds inside of me (no schizophrenia jokes, please) and one of them can think on someone or something, while the other puts real thought behind the words I am speaking.
[As an aside, I find that the beauty of the rosary is that it engages both minds (if you will) and doesn’t allow you to drift away thinking about the brakes on the car or the meatloaf in the oven.]
But if I am reserving the second part of my mind on the person for whom I am saying the decade, I find that I am necessarily neglecting the meditation on the mystery that usually accompanies. Make sense?
So how do you do it? Do you simply make your intention known and then say the rosary with the focus on the appropriate mysteries or do you take a break from the mystery for that one decade? Or do you add a sixth decade of meditation for the person(s) that Father directed?
I hope this made sense.