Have you ever felt someone was preaching at you under the guise of praying to God?
Did it turn you off?
Make you feel manipulated?
You were right.
That We May What?
Many dioceses are currently conducting their annual Catholic appeal for various diocesan needs.
Fine. They need to do that.
But the way this works out at the parish level can leave something to be desired.
For example, at St. Nameless the Ambiguous’s Parish they’ve been having an entry in the prayers of the faithful which goes like this:
Petition: That we may respond generously to the annual Catholic appeal . . .
Response: Lord, hear our prayer.
I cringe when I hear this—and other prayers like it