Fr. Malone’s Series of Unanswered Prayers

December 18, 2009

8:37 pm

Dear Lord,

Tonight I pray for the patience and the strength to endure Father Carmichael’s snoring, which has kept me up now since he transferred to our community some three weeks ago. And even though we are blessed to have separate rooms, Lord, I ask that I may fall asleep before Father Carmichael, so that I may get a good rest to better do your work.

Amen.

8:51 pm

Dear Lord,

I pray again for patience and strength, and for a pure mind, Lord, for with each pull on that saw of his, Father Carmichael brings me closer to sin. I’m sure you’ve already seen my thoughts. Oh the violence, Lord. Deliver me from evil and lead me not to temptation. The temptation, of course, to wake him with a punch to the face. Please, Lord, help me to sleep in this thunderstorm, so that I may wake fully restored to live the Gospels.

Amen.

9:18 pm

Dear Lord,

Please. Please make Father Carmichael turn on to his side. This is a simple enough request. I know that I cannot ask for you to stop his breathing altogether, but can you at least turn him away from me, face him toward Father Mueller who lost his hearing in the war. Please, Lord, not for me, but for those who I will serve tomorrow in your name. Think of them, Lord, putting up with me after another sleepless night at the hands of that devil next door.

Amen.

9:47 pm

Dear Lord,

I’m at my wit’s end. There’s nothing left to pray for at this point save taking that man’s life. Please, Lord, it’s a terrible thing to pray for, but his death tonight will mean so much to so many, starting with me. Make it quick, Lord, and without pain.

Amen.

11:32 pm

Dear God,

What have I done, Lord? Why do you punish me? Is it because I asked you to take his life, the life of a priest with a tortuous snore? Was it wrong to ask for such a thing? Grant me forgiveness, Lord. Save my soul from ruin.

Amen.

12:09 am

Christ Almighty,

Take me now, Lord! PLEASE! I beg you, take me now!


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