Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned . . .
Lord, let your mercy be upon us, as we place our trust in you . . .
If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts . . .
Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned. That is our refrain, and our hope.
So, yes: we pray for Geraldine Ferraro. We pray for all who were baptized into Christ's death. We pray for all those struggling to find their way in a fallen world. We pray for all those who grope their way through the darkness. We pray for light -- hopeful, blissful, redeeming light.
We pray, ultimately, that God will be merciful toward those who have disappointed Him.
Which means, of course, that our prayers for the dead are prayers, in fact, for ourselves.