My parish has a long tradition of parishioners composing the intercessions for weekend Masses. I’m responsible for the final edit. I use that if we have a death of a parishioner and get word of it on Saturday. Otherwise I’m disinclined to edit much. My pastor wishes I would edit a bit more. What do you make of this intention that I caught a lot of flak about:
Many people take risks to come to this country. For advocates and legislators to look beyond the “secure our borders” mentality and seek to understand the needs of immigrants, we pray.
For unaccompanied migrant children, that they may be protected from violence and rape, treated with dignity and compassion, and reunited with loving families, we pray.
“Rape” was not a good word to let through, according to one of my staff colleagues. Too jarring for Mass? It is a truth, truth be told. Too much truth? It’s a problem for parents to explain to children who are listening.
My wife didn’t like the reference in this one:
For those who are struggling with demons in their lives, that they might always remember to trust in the Lord in their time of need, we pray.
These have been the most controversial of the past few months. You probably wouldn’t see them in a homily service.